Food Safety and Standards (Recovery and Distribution of Surplus Food) Regulations, 2019

Aug 13, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on July 26, 2019, notifies the Food Safety and Standards (Recovery and Distribution of Surplus Foods) Regulations, 2019. It will come into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette that is July 30, 2019 and the Food Business Operator shall comply with all the provisions of these regulations by July 01, 2020. These Regulations specify the responsibility of the food donor and surplus food distribution organisations those who are engaged in distributing the surplus food to any person free of cost.

The purpose of these Regulations is:  

 To establish a uniform national regulation to protect organizations and individuals when they donate food in good faith.  

 To encourage the donation of food and grocery products to nonprofit organizations for distribution to needy individuals.

Any food donor having surplus food may donate such food to any surplus food distribution organization before it gets spoiled or its expiry and shall not distribute unsafe food. The surplus food distribution organisation which is serving food to needy person shall obtain food from reliable sources having valid registration or license and shall have proper facilities for transport, storage and reheating. These Regulations also focused on the requirements for labeling of donated foods whether the food is in its original package or has been prepared as meal.

The Commissioner of Food Safety of the State or, as the case may be, the Union territory shall constitute a monitoring committee for surplus food at State level to monitor and make recommendations on the improvement of the operations by the surplus food distribution organisation and food donors. The monitoring committee may also conduct training programs in health and hygiene for the food handler of food distribution organisation and also make recommendations on issues arising from implementation of the provisions of these Regulations.

[Notification F. No. REG/11/27/ Surplus Food/FSSAI-2017]


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