Topic: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
3)Discuss the regulatory framework and challenges involved in enforcing food safety and standards in India.(250 words)
Why this question
There have been consistent reports of food adulteration, in one or the other form, all across India. Food safety is a critical issue affecting health as well as development of any country.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to write in detail about the regulations governing food safety and standards in India. It also wants us to write in detail about the challenges involved in enforcing food safety and standards in India.
Discuss- This s an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. We also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.
Structure of the answer
Write a few lines about the importance of food safety for a society, its health, economy and development.
- DIscuss about FSSAI act and the role it plays in ensuring food safety and standards in India. E.g ; It seeks to consolidate the laws relating to food and to establish the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import, to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption; The Act gives statutory powers to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
- Discuss about the key functions of the FSSAI. E.g framing of regulations to lay down food safety standards; laying down guidelines for accreditation of laboratories for food testing, providing scientific advice and technical support to the Central Government, contributing to the development of international technical standards in food; collecting and collating data regarding food consumption, contamination, emerging risks etc disseminating information and promoting awareness about food safety in India
- Discuss the challenges involved. E.g shortage of laboratories, need to upgrade the infrastructure in most of the existing food testing laboratories; shortage of manpower; corruption at lower levels, unorganized market etc.
Conclusion- discuss what should be done further in this regard.