The Food safety and standards authority of India (FSSAI) had issued a draft of amendments to Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act and recommended a stringent punishment of captivity and fine of Rs. 10 lakhs to the person nabbed just in case of food adulteration. This act was passed in 2006 and notified in 2011. If a person found within the case of adding adulterant to food with the intention to cause his death or renders for human consumption shall be punishable by giving him 7 years of imprisonment. Further, it’s going to be extended to captivity along side the fine not but 10 lakhs. regardless of whether it causes actual injury or not. Moreover, it’s also within the light of the supreme court. The new consumer protection bill which remains pending within the parliament also proposes an equivalent stringent punishment.
There is a rise within the punishment if an individual tried to obstruct, impersonate, intimidate, threaten or assault a food safety officer. The food regulator FSSAI had recommended imprisonment of not but 6 months to 2 years. Besides, penalty up to Rs. 5 lakh. Currently, the imprisonment is for less than 3 months and a penalty up to Rs. 1 lakh.
What is FSSAI?
FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) is an autonomous body which has been established under the food safety and standards Act, 2006. It consolidates acts and orders associated with food safety and regulation in India. FSSAI has been created to guard and promote public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety for human consumption. Its headquarters are in New Delhi . The FSSAI Authority basically has six regional offices situated at Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Kolkata, Cochin, and Chennai. Moreover, it’s 14 referral laboratories notified by FSSAI, 72 State/UT laboratories located everywhere India. NABL laboratories are 112 accredited private laboratories notified by FSSAI.
What are the kinds of FSSAI License?
Obtaining Food Licenses or FSSAI License is mandatory for all the Food Business Operators (FBOs). There are three sorts of FSSAI License which are required by a businessman to hold on business smoothly. These are given below:
- Central License
- State License
- Basic Registration