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New Act to govern food industry

A new act that will serve as a watchdog for the food industry came into effect on Friday. The Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) 2006 will be implemented throughout the country.

mumbai Updated: Aug 06, 2011 02:14 IST
Pooja Domadia

A new act that will serve as a watchdog for the food industry came into effect on Friday. The Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) 2006 will be implemented throughout the country.

The Act will change the manner in which the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has been operating by granting it a host of rights, including the right to grant licenses and to punish offenders.

In Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issues licenses to food manufacturers, restaurants, hotels and hawkers. Under the FSSA, the FDA could be the sole licensing authority.

"We have proposed that the state permit the FDA to be the sole licensing authority," said Satej Patil, minister for food and drug administration.

The Act would also speed up the FDA's functioning. The Prevention of Food Adulteration Act required every case of adulteration to be resolved in court. Test reports of food samples had to be submitted within 40 days. Now, the FDA will adjudicate cases where penalty needs to be imposed. Only cases where punishment could be imprisonment will be handled by court. Under the FSSA, citizens can demand compensation from the food retailer if consumption results in death or health complications.