Nestle Food Safety Institute & NIFTEM, All India Cadre of Safe Food Business Professionals

About Nestle Food Safety Institute

Food safety and hygiene is critically important for improving public health and consumer welfare in India. A holistic approach including all stakeholders and covering the entire food chain can help reduce the food-borne disease burden. Food safety, thus, is a shared responsibility.

Nestlé shares the commitment on food safety and the quality and safety of our products is a top priority. To strengthen the food safety commitment in India Nestlé is establishing the Nestlé Food Safety Institute, India (NFSI). NFSI India will adopt a holistic and collaborative approach towards ensuring safe food for consumers that will help meet India’s growing demand for healthy and safe food. It is the local interface of Nestlé’s global food safety science capabilities, and leverages Nestlé’s expertise in food safety for new scientific research partnerships in the country.

The mission of NFSI India is to “build and share knowledge through collaborative partnerships to help build trust and improve food safety in India”. Our numerous and extensive research endeavors in food safety will provide the foundation upon which this mission is guided.

• Ensure that the broad competences and knowledge within Nestlé are fully leveraged in India and the Region.
• Create scientific knowledge to enable the formulation of effective and implementable risk reduction strategies.
• Engage with concerned stakeholders to share knowledge and information on emerging food safety issues and support a science based policy framework.
• Support knowledge dissemination and conduct training programs

NFSI India will be an integral part of the global network (NQAC and R&D) of food safety experts within Nestlé. NFSI India will serve as a local interface of Nestlé’s global food safety capabilities & research, and as such, leverage our expertise in food safety science as an incentive for new research collaboration & partnerships in the country. NFSI will partner with reputable academics, government agencies and research institutes.

Research Agenda & Activities

The research program / key activities will be comprised of two pillars

1) The Capacity building pillar focuses on:

  1. (i) external contracts and collaborations/partnerships, and
  2. (ii) training programs (e.g. adulteration toolkit, agricultural hygiene management),

2) The Analytical Services & Data Science pillar provides in-house research on analytical method development and data trending and chemical surveillance by testing of materials for contaminants (heavy metals, pesticides, mycotoxins, adulteration)

Program Overview

The All India Cadre of Safe Food Business Professionals is a novel initiative to build an exclusive cadre of safe food business leaders in India It is a joint programme conceived and designed by experts from two leading institutions of the country, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) and Nestlé Food Safety Institute ( NFSI) to recognize and enhance the competence of food safety professionals resulting in better trade.

Benefit to Applicants

  • The cadre program will identify, mentor and certify talented professionals in the area of food safety for promoting leadership through competence enhancement and professionalism.
  • Create a pool of resources ready to be absorbed by government departments, private companies and other national and international organizations.
  • Better opportunities and rapid career growth.
  • Recognition and certification of talent aimed at leadership in safe food business.

Benefit to Industry, Regulators and International Organizations

  • Creation of a pool of national talent for the food sector
  • Improve opportunities in food businesses globally, food regulators, FAO, WHO, ITC, World Bank, etc
  • Food businesses have a ready pool of certified safe food business professionals
  • Export enhancement of food products

Benefit to Nation

  • Building image of India as a safe food destination at the global level
  • Promote food safety in the region and reduce disease burden on the governments
  • Better trade in safe food
  • Market access enhancement
  • Prevention of food rejection and wastage

Selection Process – A 3 Step Process
Annually, about 100 candidates / professionals shall qualify and accede to the cadre and shall be awarded a Certificate of Accession to the cadre at a special function. After the selection process candidates go through a Business Leadership Enhancement Programme (BLEP).

Who Can Compete
If you are a science graduate or appearing in the final semester of graduation (science stream) or you are a working professional in the food sector and are 32 years or less as on 01 April 2022 (3 years relaxation in age for women, OBC and SC / ST candidates), you are invited to compete.

Application Fees non-refundable

General Category: INR 1,500

OBC Category: INR 1,250

SC/ST Category: INR 1,000

There will be two test as under
Online objective test
Online subjective test

  • Online Objective type Test
  • Technical Module (about 75% questions): food technology, food chemistry, food microbiology, food analysis, nutrition dietetics, public health, biochemistry, food biotechnology, food hygiene food safety, food engineering, quality management systems, private standards, risk analysis, organic products, WTO/ SPS/ TBT, Codex/ IPPC/ OIE/ ISO, other national and international organizations (governmental/ non-governmental), broad understanding of food laws of South Asian Region/ ASEAN countries/ EU/ USA/ Canada/ Japan/ Australia/ New Zealand, etc.
  • Non – Technical Module (about 25% questions): general aptitude, arithmetical reasoning, analytical skills, awareness, current affairs, writing skills, communication skills, English vocabulary and grammar, general understanding of office computer work, and business management & business ethics.
  • Top 500 candidates will be short-listed for the subjective-type written test and a list of such candidates will be displayed on the websites of NFSI and NIFTEM. An email will also be sent to the short-listed candidates.
  • A computer generated Certificate of Participation will be emailed to the candidates after submission of answers in the Objective Type exam
  • Online Subjective type Test
  • All the short-listed candidates shall be given an online subjective type written test of three hours in order to assess their writing and presentation skills.
  • The areas covered by this test will be the same as for the objective type test.
  • Top 250 (50% of 500) candidates will be short-listed for the next stage and a list of such candidates will be displayed on the websites of NFSI and NIFTEM. An email will also be sent to the candidates short-listed for next stage.

Detailed syllabus


  • The short-listed candidates shall be given training in select areas for a period of 3-5 working days by virtual mode or at few locations in India depending upon the concentration of these candidates. The objective is to bring all the short-listed candidates at par with each other for competing during the Selection stage.
  • Participation in this training is mandatory to be eligible for the next stage of the selection process


Start of Applications
23rd April 2022

Close of Applications
31st May 2022

Mock Tests-Objective type (Self practice)
1st – 20th June 2022

Online Test (Objective type)
21st – 30th June 2022 – different time slots

Declaration of results (Objective test)
15th July 2022

Mock Tests-Subjective type (Self practice)
18th – 22nd July 2022

Online Test (Subjective type)
23rd & 24th July 2022 – different time slots

Declaration of results (Subjective test)
16th August 2022

Online Mentoring (3-5 days)
29th August – 1st September 2022

Group discussion and Interviews
15th – 30th September 2022

Final Selection list
October 2022 (Week 1)

BLEP Training (at NIFTEM)
November 2022

Ceremony for Accession to the Cadre of 2022
December 2022 (Week 1 or 2)

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