Food safety and standards act FSSa, 2006 is an act enacted to keep up with the changing needs requirements of time and to consolidate the laws relating to food and to establish the food safety and standards authority of India. The act was needed to bring out a single statutory body for food laws, standards setting and enforcement so that there is one agency to monitor the compliance and no confusion arises in the minds of consumers, traders, manufacturers and investors which was due to multiplicity of food laws.
What are salient features of the food safety and standards act, 2006?
A few salient features of the act are :
- Packaging and labelling:
The act has encompassed vast detailed sections regarding the regulations and prohibitons of packing and labelling a product.
- Signage and customer notice:
Section 24 provides that, no person shall engage himself in any unfair trade practice for the purpose of sale, supply, use or consumption of articles to adopt any deceptive practice of making any statement whether orally or in writing which falsely represent the quality, quantity or standard of the food or makes false or deceptive representation or gives any guarantee which is not scientifically justified by them.
- Licensing registration and health and sanitary permits:
This provision helped to ensure that all food operators are registered and are up to the standards of the act and therefore ensuring safe products for consumption by the consumer.
Which acts or orders related to food are repealed in food safety and standards act (FSS), 2006, in India?
The following acts/orders mentioned in second schedule of the act have been repealed.
- Prevention of food adulteration act,1954
- Fruit products order,1955
- Meat food products order,1973
- Vegetable oil products (control) order,1947
- Edible oil packaging (regulation) order,1998
- Solvent extracted oil, de oiled meal, and edible flour(control) order, 1967
- Milk and milk products order,1992
- Any other order under essential commodities act, 1955 relating to food
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