Roles & Functions of FSSAI

Role of FSSAI
The main role of Authority is to regulate and monitor, manufacture, processing, distribution,
sale and import of food while ensuring safe and wholesome food to the consumers. The Act lays down the following main function for discharge by the Authority:
(a) Prescribing the Standards & Guidelines in relation to food and specified appropriate system for enforcement.
(b) Specifying limits for Additives, Contaminants, Pesticides & Veterinary Drug Residues, Heavy Metals, Processing Aids, Mycotoxins, Antibiotics and Pharmacological active substances and Irradiated Foods.
(c) Lay down food labelling standards including claims on health, nutrition, special
dietary uses and food category system for foods.
(d) Lay down methods of sampling, analysis and exchange of information among
enforcement agencies prescribing procedures and guidelines for accreditation of certification
bodies and laboratories.
(e) Taking up, summarizing and analyzing relevant scientific and technical data on
incidence and prevalence of biological or emerging risk, residues of various contaminants, introduction of rapid alert system among others.
(f) Prescribing the procedure, and the enforcement of quality control in relation to
any imported article of food in to India
(g) Creating an information network across the country to disseminate rapid reliable
and objective information about food safety and issues of concern.
(h) Providing Training Programs for persons who are involved or intent to get involved in
food businesses
(i) Promoting general awareness about food safety and food standards and
promoting coordination of work on food standards undertaken by International
Governmental and Non-Governmental Organization.
Functions of FSSAI

FSSAI has been mandated by the FSS Act, 2006 for performing the following functions:

● Framing of Regulations to lay down the Standards and guidelines in relation to
articles of food and specifying appropriate system of enforcing various standards
thus notified.
● Laying down mechanisms and guidelines for accreditation of certification bodies
engaged in certification of food safety management system for food businesses.
● Laying down procedure and guidelines for accreditation of laboratories and
notification of the accredited laboratories.
● To provide scientific advice and technical support to Central Government and State
Governments in the matters of framing the policy and rules in areas which have a
direct or indirect bearing of food safety and nutrition.
● Collect and collate data regarding food consumption, incidence and prevalence of
biological risk, contaminants in food, residues of various, and contaminants in foods
products, identification of emerging risks and introduction of rapid alert system.
● Creating an information network across the country so that the public, consumers,
Panchayats etc. receive rapid, reliable and objective information about food safety
and issues of concern.
● Provide training programs for persons who are involved or intend to get involved in
food businesses.
● Contribute to the development of international technical standards for food, sanitary
and phyto-sanitary standards.
● Promote general awareness about food safety and food standards.

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