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Centre withdraws Food Safety and Standards Amendment Bill 2014

In order to bring further amendment in the Food Safety and Standards (Amendment) Bill, 2014, the Government has withdrawn the bill, tabled in Rajya Sabha in February this year.

The Cabinet at the meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for withdrawing the Food Safety and Standards (Amendment) Bill, 2014, which was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in February this year.

The Food Safety and Standards (Amendment) Bill, 2014, needs to be further amended after taking into account the judgements of the Supreme Court, Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court, and representations received by the Government and other recent developments. Based on further examination, a fresh set of amendments will be finalised by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The Food Safety and Standards Act was enacted in 2006 with a view to consolidate the laws relating to food in the country and to establish the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India for laying down science-based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, etc.

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