Laws Governing The Food Industry In India

by Ananya Nair Accounting and Legal Services

Food Laws and Related Litigation ensure the safety and suitability for consumers. The requirement of food regulation may be based on factors such as whether a country adopts international norms developed by the codex alimentations commission of the it and Agriculture Organization of the united nations and the WHO or a country may also has its own suite of regulations.

Each country regulates its laws differently and has its own food regulatory framework. In 2005, the Government of India came out with safety bill which proposed a single umbrella law. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), resolves to be the leader in all matters concerning standardization, certification and quality.

AGMARK is a quality certification mark that ensures quality and purity of a product .It acts as a third party guarantee to quality certified.

Fruit Product Order (FPO), 1955, is mandatory for all manufacturers of fruit and vegetable products to ensure safety measures.

Meat Products Order (MFPO) for meat product is licensed under, (MFPO) 1973 which was being implemented by ministry of processing industries.

Milk and Milk Product Order (MMPO). As per the provisions of this order, any person/dairy plant handling more than 10,000 liters per day of milk, 500 MT of milk solids per annum needs to be registered for authority appointed by the central government.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been established under safety and standards act, 2006 to check the quality of food products. They ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for consumption.

The law for Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Regulations, 2011 (hereinafter referred to as "License and Registration Regulations for law related to food ") govern the aspect of license and registration of a business operator strictly.

Food Laws and Related Litigation are applicable for the safety measures for the consumptions of various food products . It forces penalties and imprisonment.

The FSSA charges penalties in case of any noncompliance. Generally, non-compliance with various provisions of the FSSA may attract penalty of up to two lakh rupees. Under sec 63 related to food law, if any person who manufactures, sells or distributes or imports any article of without license for laws related to consumption rules, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term and also with a fine which may extended more.

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