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FSSAI to issue Integrated license for all food products w.e.f Jan2010

FSSAI ( Food Safety and Standards Authority of India ) set up by government of India in 2006 to monitor entire food safety issues and a single authority to handle legal and statutory requirements for rules and guidelines for entire food supply chain . FSSAI has declared that they would issue a single integrated license to the manufacturers for their manufacturing processes .
Earlier food manufacturers were subjected to plethora of acts and laws e.g PFA Act , Weight and measurement Act ,Act for milk , Act for Edible Oils , Act for meat processing units etc .These laws would be merged into single entity and would be implemented in phased effective from January next year .

The licence for the larger industries would be issued from the government of India while the state governments will issue the licence for smaller industries. 'Since licences for smaller industries were issued by bodies like panchayats and municipalities, we are now working on getting all these integrated into one licence,' Mr Suvrathan said. Mr Suvrathan is the CEO of the FSSAI .

FSSAI is working on comprehensive Act which is being formulated with analysing present standrads in other countries and Codex Alimentarius.Each sectors has been studied and standards matched with best practises across the globe .

Labelling and Advertising laws are also under review .

source :IANS

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