Food Recall Procedure in India
Section 28 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 provides for food recall procedures in India and provides that:
- If a food business operator considers or has reasons to believe that a food which he has processed, manufactured or distributed is not in compliance with this act, or the rules or regulations, made thereunder, he shall immediately initiate procedures to withdraw the food in question from the market and consumers indicating reasons for its withdrawal and inform the competent authorities thereof;
- A food business operator shall immediately inform the competent authorities and co-operate with them, if he considers or has reasons to believe that a food which he has placed on the market may be unsafe for the consumers;
- The food business operator shall inform the competent authorities of the action taken to prevent risks to the consumer and shall not prevent or discourage any person from cooperating, in accordance with this act, with the competent authorities, where this may prevent, reduce or eliminate a risk arising from a food;
- Every food business operator shall follow such conditions and guidelines relating to food recall procedures as the food authority may specify by regulations.
Further, the adoption of food safety and quality assurance mechanisms such as total quality management (TQM) including iso 9000, iso 22000, hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), good manufacturing practices (GMP) and good hygienic practices (GHP) by food processing industry enable adherence to stringent quality and hygiene norms and thereby protect consumer health, prepare the industry to face global competition, enhance product acceptance by overseas buyers and keep the industry technologically abreast of international best practices.
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