Important  Food laws and regulation  in India

Foods laws are enacted  by various ministry  through parliament apart  from  central  govt  
laws various states have their own  food laws .Numerous laws has been stipulated by ministry
of food and related ministry to check consumer interest and stop malpractices by
Following are the acts enacted by govt of India

  • Prevention of Food Adulteration Act (PFA) 1954 and Rules (Ministry of Health &
    Family Welfare).

  • The Standards of Weights and Measures Act, 1976

  • Standards of Weights and Measures (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 1977

  • Agriculture Produce (Grading & Marking) Act (Ministry of Rural Development).

  • Essential Commodities Act, 1955(Ministry of Food & Consumer Affairs).

  • Fruit Products Order (FPO), 1995.

  • Meat Food Products Order, 1973 (MFPO).

  • Milk and Milk Products Order, 1992.

  • The Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods (Regulation of
    Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 1992 and Rules 1993.

  • The Insecticide Act, 1968.

  • Export (Quality Control and Inspection) Act, 1963.

  • Environment Protection Act, 1986.
Pollution Control (Ministry of Environment and Forests).

  • Industrial Licenses. • BIS Act, 1986.

  • VOP (Control) Order – 1947.

  • SEO (Control) Order -1967.

Hence  we find that  there  are  many  acts and regulation which  creates problems to
manufacturer , keeping this in mind  govt of India  has enacted   a comprehensive act called
food safety  and standards bills ,2006 . This has come into effect  from 2007-2008 . Its in
transitory phase  hence  above mentioned acts  would be in force until revoked by  Food
safety and standards authority of India .Read More on Food Safety and Standards Act,2006.

Note :  FSS Act  and Rules  2011  has  become effective from 5 th Aug 2011 . It  is now  the
new standards and covers almost all major previous acts  . pl refer

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