Giving shape to its collective industry experience of 7 years and recognizing various stakeholder inputs, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“Authority”), has proposed amendments to the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (“FSS Act”).
This proposal is rolled out to the Chief Secretary of all States/UTs.
Key highlights of the proposed changes are as follows:
a) Exports would be covered under the ambit of the FSS Act.
b) A new definition for Traditional Food will be introduced.
c) The requirement for obtaining separate licenses for each establishment located in the same area would no longer be required.
d) The Commissioner of Food Safety would be empowered to designate individuals who can act as Food Safety Volunteers.
e) A Food Safety and Nutrition Fund would be created for undertaking special programs on food safety and nutrition.
For a detailed understanding of the proposed changes, please refer to the attached document.
Source: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (Attached)