USFDA have also to some extent been assimilated, integrated, and harmonized into the Indian standards, thereby bringing them almost at par with the global standards.
What is the Future of Food Regulations in India?
These are exciting times for food safety regulations in India. The recent proposals mentioned in the new Draft Regulations will soon be finalized to become the new Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2015. They will provide new directives in areas such as nutraceuticals and health supplements, which is the need of the hour as these are becoming popular food categories. Standardization for thousands of foods is on the anvil. Food business operators are certainly anticipating some positive changes in food regulations, which could ease product approval process and food operations.
“A harmonization of Indian food standards with global standards is a step in the right direction,” states Vijay Kumar Arora, chairperson—Arbro Group. “Our food regulations will incorporate food standards that are acceptable worldwide.”
Dr. Saurabh Arora is founder of FoodSafetyHelpline.com and heads the services divisions of Arbro Pharmaceuticals and Auriga Research in India. Reach him at email@example.com.