Food Safety and Standards Authority of India

  1. FSSAI is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India
  2. The FSSAI is responsible for setting standards for food so that there is one body to deal with and no confusion in the minds of consumers, traders, manufacturers, and investors
  3. The FSSAI has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006
  4. It  is a consolidating statute related to food safety and regulation in India
  5. The following are the statutory powers that the FSS Act, 2006 gives to the FSSAI
  • Framing of regulations to lay down food safety standards
  • Laying down guidelines for accreditation of laboratories for food testing
  • Providing scientific advice and technical support to the Central Government
  • Contributing to the development of international technical standards in food
  • Collecting and collating data regarding food consumption, contamination, emerging risks etc.
  • Disseminating information and promoting awareness about food safety and nutrition in India

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