The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is an autonomous body established under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954. It is a statutory authority under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. The mission of FSSAI is to ensure food safety by developing national policies and standards for food processing. It also regulates the distribution and marketing of food products by these policies and standards. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is an agency that regulates the food industry in India. It was established on May 7, 2006, by an Act of Parliament to ensure a safe, nutritious, and culturally compatible food supply chain in India. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution. It has been formed to promote food safety and improve food quality in India.
Three different committees are working under this authority.
- Food Safety Standard Technical Committee (FTC): This committee sets standards for various aspects of food production, processing, and storage. It also issues guidelines on risk assessment, safety assessment, and other related issues.
- Food Safety Standards Advisory Committee (FSSAAC): This committee advises the government on matters related to food safety standards implementation. It also checks if any changes have been made to the existing standards or if new measures should be introduced.
- Risk Assessment Committee (RAC): This committee reviews all proposals for introducing new food products into the market before the FSSAI approves them. The FSSAI acts as an apex organization for promoting food safety through its role as a regulatory body for various aspects of food safety, including trade, manufacture, distribution, storage, and sale of foods. It also aims to improve standards in medical devices and cosmetics.
It issues guidelines to ensure safe product use; monitors food safety; conducts research on various aspects related to food safety; provides support to industries engaged in the production, processing, and distribution of food products; encourages innovation through training workshops; maintains an internet portal for information on issues related to food safety.