An integrated food law 'Food Safety and Standards Act' (FSSA) will come into force in January 2011 replacing the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, a senior official said in Hyderabad on Friday.
"From January next onwards the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act which is currently in force in the country will be repealed and the 'Food Safety and Standards Act' will come into being. The new law is a scientific law which tries to promote food safety," Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) chairman P I Suvratan said.
Addressing the 43rd Annual National Conference of Indian Dietetic Association at the National Institution of Nutrition (NIN) here, he said "The rules and regulations of the FSSA are ready and it has gone to the Government of India for notification. By January, I think it will be notified by the Government and once it is done each state will now have to withdraw the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act," he said.
Suvratan said "not many countries have a comprehensive functional food laws even now and India will be the first one to think about in that direction and we are proceeding very cautiously."
"FSSA is having a scientific approach to development of food standards and to regulate whole food supplements in the country. Henceforth, we will be working with the manufacturers who will be responsible to ensure food safety."
He further said international markets will seek details on the components of Indian traditional foods and if clinical studies have been conducted on such products to establish safety which we don't have any.
"Next year will be extremely critical for India to develop scientific justification for traditional foods. It (traditional foods) may be safe, but we have not established the safety in that. We have to generate scientific evidence," Suvratan said.