The Indian food industry has emerged as a significant sector both for Indian and foreign markets over the years. India enacted the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 to regulate this area. The law has increased the purview of the regulator from checking adulteration to maintenance of desired scientific standards and hygiene practices. More comprehensive regulations have now been brought in, to keep an eye on various aspects of food business. The responsibility to develop standards and hygiene practices lies with single statutory body i.e., the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The duty to implement such regulations is on the state level food authorities headed by Commissioner of Food Safety.
Aureus has a team of professionals with end-to-end knowledge of the food chain and the changing regulatory environment which is crucial in mitigating risks and responding to day-to-day challenges. Aureus professionals are adept in providing hands-on practical advice and litigation support.
The team provides assistance on the following:
- Regulatory and contractual aspects of food business;
- Compliance review;
- Product review;
- Business and manufacturing approvals;
- Packaging & labelling practices;
- List of ingredients and additives used;
- Health/nutritional claim;
- Risk Assessment and legal advice relating to risk mitigation;
- Food recall issues, consumer complaints, queries/notices received from the food authorities;
- Consumer Protection.