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Features of new rules set by Food Safety and Standards Authority

Till any type of food reaches you, it passes through various norms and checks as food safety is vital to consumers and food business operators.

The consumers must be assured that the food they buy and eat will not pose a health hazard and that they are protected from adulteration and fraud.

While DNA is spreading awareness about this much important, yet ignored, concern about food hygiene, we are listing some of the important features of the new rules set by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

Although food safety legislation affects everyone in the country, it is particularly relevant to those working in the production, processing, storage, distribution and sale of food, no matter how large or small the business is. This includes non-profit making organisations.

The FSSAI, which was put in place in August, is a single reference point for all matters relating to food safety and standards, regulations and enforcement.

Here are some important features of the Act explained by Equinox Lab, an expert in food safety and hygiene auditing.

Decentralisation of licensing

Earlier, there was one central body to issue licences to manufacture food products. With the new FSSAI, the task of getting licence becomes easier and faster as one does not have to depend on a single body. There are local state-wise bodies.
For Maharashtra, the FDA issues licences. Further, the Food and Drug Administration appoints food safety officers at local levels like zilla parishad.

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