The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (Act No. 34 of 2006) received the assent of the President of India on 23rd August 2006 and thereafter published in the Gazette of India (Extraordinary) Part I, Section 1 dated 24th August, 2006. Various provisions of the Act came with force on various dates through several notifications in this regard viz. notifications dated 15.10.2007, 28.05.2008, 18.11.2008, 09.03.2009, 31.07.2009, 29.07.2010 and 18.08.2010.
Vide Cabinet Secretariat’s notification under Govt. of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 dated 17.09.2007, the subject “Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006” was shifted to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare from the Ministry of Food Processing Industries. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare vide ‘The Food Safety and Standards (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2007 dated 15th October, 2007 in Sub-Section(I), in clause (c) of Section 6 of The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 for the word ‘Health’, the words “Food Processing Industries ‘were substituted.
The Act has been amended vide the Food Safety and Standards(Amendment) Ordinance, 2008 dated 7th Feb, 2008, which was replaced by the Food Safety and Standards(Amendment) Act, 2008 size:( 0.03 MB) dated 28th March, 2008 amending Sections 3, 5 and 6. The Food Safety and Standards Rules, 2011 were notified vide Gazette Notifications Dated 5th May, 2011. Following principal regulations were notified and came into force on 01.08.2011.
Besides, The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (Transaction of Business at its Meetings) Regulations, 2010 and The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (Procedure of Scientific Committee and Scientific Panels) Regulations, 2010 both dated 4th March, 2011 were notified in the Gazette of India on 10.03.2011.