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 life imprisonment and fine of Rs. 10 lakhs to the person nabbed in case of food adulteration. This act was passed in 2006 and notified in 2011. If any person found in 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 may be extended to life imprisonment along with the fine not less than 10 lakhs. No matter whether it causes actual injury or not. Moreover, it is also in the light of the supreme court. The new consumer protection bill which is still pending in the parliament also proposes the same stringent punishment.
There is an increase in the punishment if a person tried to obstruct, impersonate, intimidate, threaten or assault a food safety officer. The food regulator FSSAI had recommended imprisonment of not less than 6 months to two years. Besides, penalty up to Rs. 5 lakh. Currently, the imprisonment is for only 3 months and a penalty up to Rs. 1 lakh.
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 related to food safety and regulation in India. FSSAI has been created to protect 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 has 14 referral laboratories notified by FSSAI, 72 State/UT laboratories located all over India. NABL laboratories are 112 accredited private laboratories notified by FSSAI.
Obtaining Food Licenses or FSSAI License is mandatory for all the Food Business Operators (FBOs). There are three types of FSSAI License which are required by a businessman to carry on business smoothly. These are given below:
There are certain documents which are required at the time of FSSAI Registration. These are the following:
Following are the steps that will help you to get FSSAI Registration:
It is required for the FBO involved in the small-scale food business. Following are the requirements: