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Food laws in India

Numerous laws has been stipulated by ministry of food and related ministry to check consumer interest and stop malpractices by manufacturers
Following are the acts inacted by govt of India
  • Food Safety and Standards Act , 2006
  • Prevention of Food Adulteration Act (PFA) 1954 and Rules (Ministry of Health & Family Welfare).
  • The Standards of Weights and Measures Act, 1976, and Standards of Weights and Measures (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 1977
  • Agriculture Produce (Grading & Marking) Act (Ministry of Rural Development).
  • Essential Commodities Act, 1955(Ministry of Food & Consumer Affairs).
  • Fruit Products Order (FPO), 1995.
  • Meat Food Products Order, 1973 (MFPO).
  • Milk and Milk Products Order, 1992.
  • The Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods (Regulation of Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 1992 and Rules 1993.
  • The Insecticide Act, 1968.
  • Export (Quality Control and Inspection) Act, 1963.
  • Environment Protection Act, 1986.
  • Pollution Control (Ministry of Environment and Forests).
  • Industrial Licenses. • BIS Act, 1986.
  • VOP (Control) Order – 1947.
  • SEO (Control) Order -1967.

With need to stream line various agencies and laws Indian parliament passed a bill of Food safety and standards Act , 2006 .Single authority has been constituted for handling food related issues . Above mentioned acts ( few related to food safety )will remain enforced till notifications are issued by Food safety and standards authority of India .( FSSAI)

Please check the status on acts and regulation on the official site of Food safety and standards authority of India ( FSSAI)

Apart from above food related laws Bakeries in India have to adhere and following laws for their smooth business.In addition to Commercial licenses and registration following are major laws to be followed by bakeries

Factories Act ( Occupational related issues )

Boiler Act ( Safety )

Air and Water pollution Act ( Pollution Control )

Petroleum Act ( Storage of ldo , hsd , and lpg in factory premises)


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