The Indian prime minister’s office has assigned responsibility for the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, which will establish a central regulatory body for the food industry (see IBO 8/31/06), to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The regulatory body will be created in August or September. According to the Indian government, INR 4 billion ($98.9 million) has been earmarked for the creation of food laboratories. One of the goals of the FSS Act is establishing food regulation standards that are in line with the standards laid out in internationally recognized documents on food standards, such as the Codex Alimentarius.

Source: Food & Beverage News

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