Palm Oil Developments No.58 (June 2013) p11, 17-19

Food Safety and Standards Regulations of India: Impact on Industry and the Way Ahead

Prabodh Halde and Chetana Bhandari

The Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act 2006 of India was formulated with a three-fold objective of framing an integrated food law, prioritizing consumer safety and harmonising food standards with international regulations. The Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 is a new legislation that integrates eight different existing food laws, and is a comprehensive enactment aimed at ensuring public health and safety. The implementation of this Act will be a major transformation that promises to bring about a paradigm shift in the food regulatory scenario of India. The Food Safety and Standards Rules and Regulations, 2011 (FSSAR), have been enacted on 5 August 2011. This analysis presents the highlights of the regulations and discusses the impact of the regulations on the palm oil industry.

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