FSSAI Regulations for Canteen Employees
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has set clear instructions for those who work in school canteens. Though the circular was sent to all the schools, most of them fail to follow the instructions.
The detailed instruction explains what all are to be taken care of. Here are the important instructions:
*Canteen Staff must be trained in the good hygiene practices, before hiring.
*Good practices of personal hygiene must be followed e.g. daily bath, hand sanitation
and the protective uniform (including hair cover, gloves, shoes) etc.
*Canteen staff must maintain a high degree of personal cleanliness, trimmed nails, (where
appropriate) wear suitable protective clothing, head covering.
*In-case of cuts and wounds, canteen staff may be permitted to continue working, with
suitable cover / waterproof dressings.
*Canteen staff must wash their hands with soap where personal cleanliness may affect
*Personnel known, or believed, to be suffering from, or to be a carrier of a disease or
illness likely to be transmitted through food, shall not be allowed to enter into any food
*Arrangements shall be made to get the canteen operators/food handlers in school canteens
to be medically examined regularly to ensure that they are free from any infectious,
contagious and other communicable diseases
*People engaged in food handling activities should refrain from behavior which could
result in contamination of food, for example: Smoking; spitting; Chewing or eating or sneezing or coughing over unprotected food and Putting fingers on hair, nose, mouth during cooking or serving food.
*Personal effects such as jewelry, watches, pins or other items should not be worn or
brought into food handling areas
(Source: FSSAI guidelines)