Food Safety and Standards Bill 2005

Food Safety and Standards Bill 2005 is an integral part of FSSAI. FSSAI Role Function and Initiative – is the most important topic as per FSSAI Exam 2021 syllabus. Unfortunately, none of the books available in the market is up to mark as per exam perspective. So, in this post, I am providing “A General Understanding of FSSAI Role, Functions and Initiatives” detailed Notes. This is the Second chapter – Food Safety and Standards Bill 2005. Surely, students will get one or more questions from this topic.

The Food Safety and Standards Bill 2005

The food safety and Standards Bill 2005 was introduced in parliament for the first time in 2002. This Bill aims to integrate the food safety existing laws in the country in order to systematically and scientifically develop the food processing industry section in India and also wants to enhance a better surveillance system in terms of food safety.

Important Features of the Bill

  • The Food Safety and Standards Bill 2005 consolidates eight laws governing the food sector.
  • Establishment of the Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSA) to regulate the Sector.
  • Appointment of several scientific panels and a central advisory committee to lay down standards for food safety. These standards will include specifications for ingredients, contaminants, pesticide residue, biological hazards and labels.
  • Everyone in the food sector is required to get a licence or a registration which would be issued by local authorities.

Eight Subsumed Laws under FSS Bill 2005

  1. Prevention of food adulteration act 1954
  2. Fruit products order 1955
  3. Meat Food products order 1973
  4. Vegetable Oil products (control) order 1947
  5. Edible oils products (control) order 1988
  6. Solvent extracted oil, De-oiled meal and Edible Flour (control) order 1967
  7. Milk and Milk products order 1992
  8. Any Other order under Essential Commodities Act, 1955 relating to food

Limitations of the Bill

There were a few limitations in Food Safety and Standards Bill 2005. These are as follow:

  1. No Food Law for Unorganised Sector
  2. No specification for the portable water
  3. Does not control the entry of Pesticide and Antibiotics in the food
  4. Licensing Power given to Local level Officer

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