Nestle India, hit by controversy around its instant-noodle brand Maggi last year, is looking to partner with the Centre to set up two food safety institutes.

Nestle India CMD Suresh Narayanan told BusinessLine that the company has offered its expertise in the area of food safety and has voiced the proposal to senior officials of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

FSSAI, which is in the process of upgrading its lab infrastructure that includes NABL-accredited labs and state labs, is already looking at public private partnerships in food safety.

“Globally, Nestle has participated quiet robustly in the area of food safety. In China, we have a food safety institute being set up. On similar lines, I have made an offer to establish two institutes of food safety here. Basically, we have proposed to set up facilities that will not only be imparting skills in food safety but also in terms of testing methodologies and testing protocols,” he said, adding that the company has had a positive response from the FSSAI.

Asked if the standards set for permissible food additives used in various food categories, set by the FSSAI, has helped the company’s aggressive launch strategy, Narayanan said clarifications by the authority on issues such as food additives, monosodium glutamate and testing methodologies, are all steps in the right direction and industry-friendly.