Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, responsible for regulating food safety standards in India, has notified amendment to Food Safety & Standards (Contaminants, Toxins & Residues) Regulations, 2011.
The notification contains maximum permissible limits of various antibiotics in meat and meat products including chicken. Maximum permissible limits of 37 antibiotics and 67 other veterinary drugs are prescribed for chicken.
Through this notification, objections and suggestions have been invited from all the stakeholders including general public by December 6, 2017. The objections and suggestions received will be placed before the Scientific Panel of FSSAI on Residues of Pesticides and Antibiotics for consideration. The recommendations of the Scientific Panel will be considered by the Scientific Committee and then the Food Authority for approval after which it will be notified in the Gazette of India with the approval of the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare.
Under Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006, FSSAI is mandated for framing of regulations to lay down the standards and guidelines in relation to articles of food and specifying appropriate system of enforcing various standards, laying down mechanisms and guidelines for accreditation of certification bodies engaged in certification of food safety management system for food businesses, laying down procedure and guidelines for accreditation of laboratories and notification of the accredited laboratories and to provide scientific advice and technical support to Central Government and State Governments in the matters of framing the policy and rules in areas which have a direct or indirect bearing of food safety and nutrition.