On the eve of World Food Day, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya released the 4th State Food Safety Index (SFSI) of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
In the 2021-2022 Food Security Index, Tamil Nadu has topped the list ahead of Gujarat, while Gujarat, which was ranked first last time, is now ranked second.
The food security rankings of the states are based on 5 parameters: human resources and institutional data, compliance, food testing infrastructure and surveillance, training and capacity building, and consumer empowerment.
In the 2021-22 index, Tamil Nadu tops the list with 80 points, followed by Gujarat (77.5), Maharashtra (70), Himachal Pradesh (65.5), West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh (58.5).
Among the smaller states, Goa ranks first, Manipur second and Sikkim third. In terms of Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir tops the list, followed by Delhi and Chandigarh.
Tamil Nadu was ranked third among the large states in the 2020-21 index released last year, following Gujarat and Kerala.
The index was launched in 2018-19 to create competition and positive change in the food security ecosystem in the country. Steps were taken to encourage states and union territories to ensure safe food for citizens.