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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains


Why in news?

The Quality Council of India – QCI has launched a validation scheme for Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies (HRAA).

The scheme has been initiated by the QCI on behalf of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

  • This scheme has been started to increase the level of cleanliness rating by increasing the number of recognized HRAAs in the country.
  • The recognized HRAA will be responsible for verifying compliance with food hygiene and safety procedures (under the Food Sanitation Rating Scheme) prescribed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and obtaining a sanitation rating.

Food hygiene rating scheme:

  • The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, launched in the year 2019, is a certification mechanism for food businesses directly supplying food to consumers.
  • Food businesses are assessed on the basis of food hygiene and safety-related conditions visible at the time of inspection.
  • Also, according to their hygiene and food safety compliance, they are awarded a score between 1 and 5.
  • This applies to food service establishments such as hotels, restaurants, coffee houses, dhabas, sweet shops, bakeries and meat retail shops.

Importance of planning:

  • This scheme enables consumers to make informed choices / decisions related to food service establishments where consumers are willing to accept food.

It encourages food businesses to adopt high hygiene standards and ensure compliance with those standards to consumers.

Facts for Prelims:

Himalayan Serow

  • It was first seen in the cold desert region of the Himalayas (Himachal Pradesh).
  • Himalayan sero resembles a hybrid between a goat, a donkey, a cow and a pig.
  • It is a medium-sized mammal with a large head, thick neck, mule-like ears, and dark hair.
  • Listed as ‘Vulnerable’ in IUCN’s Red List.
  • Listed under Schedule-I of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.


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