FSSAI and Food Safety

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Food safety is a ma­jor pub­lic health con­cern. There are spe­cific laws, man­dates and reg­u­la­tions in In­dia to main­tain the qual­ity of food and to en­sure food safety.

Food Safety and Stan­dards Author­ity of In­dia (FSSAI), an au­ton­o­mous body un­der the min­istry of health & fam­ily wel­fare, works as a reg­u­la­tory and su­per­vis­ing agency that reg­u­lates food busi­nesses and their func­tions and op­er­a­tions in In­dia. It also mon­i­tors and pro­motes pub­lic health. This is en­sured by mak­ing all food busi­ness dis­trib­u­tors, op­er­a­tors, stor­age houses and re­tail­ers ac­quire an FSSAI li­cense manda­to­rily.

FSSAI has set glob­ally bench­marked safe-food prac­tices that in­clude de­vel­op­ing man­u­als for Food Safety Man­age­ment Sys­tems (FSMS) and set­ting up third-party au­dits and In­dian cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for Hazard Anal­y­sis and Crit­i­cal Con­trol Points (HACCP) and Gen­eral Hy­giene Prac­tices (GHP) for food busi­nesses. FSSAI has set Food Safety and Stan­dards (Food Prod­uct Stan­dards and Food Ad­di­tives) Reg­u­la­tion, 2011, for food prod­ucts reg­u­la­tion.

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