Food safety  and standards authority of India  


The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI)has been established under Food Safety
and Standards Act, 2006 which consolidates various acts & orders that have hitherto handled food
related issues in various Ministries and Departments. FSSAI has been created for laying down
science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage,
distribution, sale and import to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human

Highlights of the Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006
Various central Acts like

Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954

Fruit Products Order , 1955,

Meat Food Products Order , 1973,

Vegetable Oil Products (Control) Order, 1947

Edible Oils Packaging (Regulation)Order 1988,

Solvent Extracted Oil,

De- Oiled Meal and Edible Flour (Control) Order,1967

Milk and Milk Products Order, 1992
etc will be repealed after commencement of FSS Act, 2006. The Act also aims to establish a single
reference point for all matters relating to food safety and standards, by moving from multi- level,
multi- departmental control to a single line of command. To this effect, the Act establishes an
independent statutory authority – the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India with head office
at Delhi. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the State Food Safety
Authorities shall enforce various provisions of the Act.

Duties and functions of the Authority
FSSAI has been mandated by the FSS Act, 2006 for performing the following functions:

Framing of Regulations to lay down the Standards and guidelines in relation to articles of food and
specifying appropriate system of enforcing various standards thus notified.
Laying down mechanisms and guidelines for accreditation of certification bodies engaged in
certification of food safety management system for food businesses.
Laying down procedure and guidelines for accreditation of laboratories and notification of the
accredited laboratories.
To provide scientific advice and technical support to Central Government and State Governments
in the matters of framing the policy and rules in areas which have a direct or indirect bearing of
food safety and nutrition .
Collect and collate date regarding food consumption, incidence and prevalence of biological risk,
contaminants in food, residues of various, contaminants in foods products, identification of
emerging risks and introduction of rapid alert system.
Creating an information network across the country so that the public, consumers, Panchayats etc
receive rapid, reliable and objective information about food safety and issues of concern.
Provide training programmes for persons who are involved or intend to get involved in food
Contribute to the development of international technical standards for food, sanitary and phyto-
sanitary standards.
Promote general awareness about food safety and food standards.
Bakery manufacturers need to follow up with food authority for labelling , adultrants , additives and
their permissible levels etc .

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