General Provisions as to Articles of Food under the FSS Act, 2006
Use of Food Additive or Processing Aid- No article of food shall contain any food additive or processing aid unless it is in accordance with the provisions of this Act and regulations made thereunder (Section 19 of FSS Act, 2006).
Contaminants, naturally occurring toxic substances, heavy metals, etc. - No article of food shall contain any contaminant, naturally occurring toxic substances or toxins or hormone or heavy metals in excess of such quantities as may be specified by regulations (Section 20 of FSS Act, 2006).
Pesticides, veterinary drugs residues, antibiotic residues and microbiological counts- (i) No article of food shall contain insecticides or pesticides residues, veterinary drugs residues, antibiotic residues, solvent residues, pharmacological active substances and micro-biological counts in excess of such tolerance limit as may be specified by regulations;
(ii) No insecticide shall be used directly on article of food except fumigants registered and approved under the Insecticides Act, 1968 (Section 21 of the FSS Act, 2006).
Genetically modified foods, organic foods, functional foods, proprietary foods, etc. - No person shall manufacture, distribute, sell or import any novel food, genetically modified articles of food, irradiated food, organic foods, foods for special dietary uses, functional foods, neutraceuticals, health supplements, proprietary foods and such other articles of food which the Central Government may notify in this behalf (Section 22 of the FSS Act, 2006).
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