The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), an autonomous body under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, on 20 November 2017 notified amendment to the Food Safety & Standards (Contaminants, Toxins & Residues) Regulations, 2011.
• The amendment prescribes maximum permissible limits of 37 antibiotics and 67 other veterinary drugs in meat and meat products including chicken.
• Moreover, the Ministry also invited objections and suggestions from all the stakeholders including general public by 6 December 2017.
• The objections & 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.
The amendment regarding setting the maximum limit of antibiotics in meat aims to ensure that the residue of antibiotics in food from animal sources does not pose a threat to human health by developing antibiotic resistance.
Globally, the use of antibiotics is prohibited in food stuff of animal-origin including fish and fisheries products.
When: 20 November 2017