New food safety regulations become operational

New food safety regulations become operational
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The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has operationalised amended regulations regarding licensing and registration of food businesses with immediate effect in all states, including J&K. The 42-page document details out the regulations and amendments for licensing and registration of e-commerce food business operators, state and central food licensing authorities, licensing of restaurants, hygiene and sanitation of food business operators, establishment of small slaughter houses, hygiene and manufacturing by food caterers and others.

The amended regulations put the responsibility of ensuring quality of food on the food business operator. The FBO shall have quality control program in place to include inspection, and testing of incoming, in-process and finished products. It also calls for adequate infrastructure, including a laboratory, but leaves scope for having a system in place to get materials tested by accredited laboratories.

The regulations underline various necessary provisions for establishment of slaughter houses. It mandates proper disposal of slaughter house waste, underground drainage of blood, sterilization of knives and other equipment. It prohibits disposal of slaughter house waste in open to prevent scavenging and damage to environment. "Humane slaughtering methods shall be used for slaughtering," the regulations state.

The document has detailed out rules for canteens, restaurants, caterers, vendors and other kids of outlets.

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