FSSAI lays down science-based standards for articles of foods, and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import, to ensure safe and wholesome food for human consumption. Food safety is assessed through a science-based risk assessment process for developing food standards, regulations, and guidelines.
FSSAI has developed a system- IFS Quick Access, integrating all Food Safety Standards and Regulations for providing quick access to vertical as well as horizontal standards. It would facilitate a user to access the information relating to all permitted food additives; HS Code; Food Category Code; contaminants, pesticide residues, metallic contaminant, product-specific quality standards; licensing and imports related requirements.
In order to identify whether any food product requires product approval from FSSAI as per Food Safety and Standards (Approval for Non-Specified Food and Food Ingredients) Regulations, 2017 or not, this online service, namely, the “Food Product Approval System” (FPAS) has been developed.
FSSAI is also responsible for framing product standards, which include both vertical and horizontal standards. Horizontal standards cut across various categories of foods and contain standards about Contaminants, Toxins, Residues, Packaging, Labelling, etc. Vertical standards mainly include identity and compositional standards of specific food products which cover additives, microbiological requirements etc.
A robust institutional mechanism for setting standards in the form of 17 Scientific Panels and a Scientific Committee is in existence. In a universally accepted best practices model, a stage wise approach is adopted for setting of standards, where standards are recommended by the Scientific Panels, validated by the Scientific Committee, approved by the Food Authority, placed in the public domain for stakeholder consultation and then finally notified.visit IFS.QA Portal