In a significant development in the realm of food safety and standards, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has taken a proactive step to re-operationalize the Food Safety Standards related to labeling and display. This move carried out under Section 18 (2)(d) read with Section 16(5) of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, brings to light the FSSAI’s commitment to ensuring the quality and safety of food products in the Indian market.
Here’s a closer look at the key points of this directive:
The FSSAI had earlier framed draft Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Amendment Regulations 2022. These regulations were put into effect through a directive dated 17.06.2022. They aimed to address various aspects of labeling requirements, especially concerning non-retail containers, minimally processed food, tolerance limits, and warning statements related to products like pan masala.
Recognizing the importance of stakeholder input, the FSSAI notified these draft regulations on 30.11.2022, allowing a 60-day window for comments and feedback from stakeholders. This inclusive approach sought to gather insights and perspectives to ensure comprehensive and effective regulations.
Due to the need for further refinement, considering the comments received and the legal vetting process, the finalization of these draft regulations was anticipated to take some additional time. To maintain regulatory continuity and uphold food safety standards, the FSSAI has re-operationalized the provisions of these draft amendment regulations. This re-operationalization is effective from 01.01.2023.
The FSSAI’s actions underscore its dedication to enhancing food safety and ensuring that food products meet stringent quality and labeling standards. This move not only reflects the authority’s responsiveness to the evolving needs of the food industry but also its commitment to protecting the interests of consumers. As the final amendment regulations take shape, stakeholders can look forward to a more robust framework for labeling and display standards, which will ultimately benefit both the industry and the public.