Swayam Central

Food laws and standards

By Professor M. K. Salooja   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
The course has been designed to acquaint with the national and international food laws. The course is meant for all the stakeholders of the food chain i.e. producer, procurer, transporter, processor, distributor, retailer, exporter/importer and regulator. The country took a revolution in Food Safety and Quality with the new scientific based food laws and standards designated as Food Safety and Standard Act 2006 followed by its Rules and Regulations, 2011. The continuous improvement in enforcement and their harmonization with Codex standards have laid the foundations and templates for safe and hygienic food.

The course has four major components: Indian Food Regulatory Regime; Global Scenario; Export and Import Laws and Regulations and Other Laws and Standards Related to Foods.

The Indian Food Regulatory Regime covers the salient features of New Act Food safety and Standard Act, 2006 and its Regulations, 2011. The Global Scenario deals with international standards setting bodies like Codex Alimentarius Commission and WTO implications. The salient features related to Export and Import Laws and regulations; BIS and AGMARK are also covered.
The course is delivered through 40 video lessons in a span of about 12-16 weeks. Every week, learners will have to go through the video lessons. The video lessons are supported by the self learning material. In addition, a number of web links will be provided to support the study materials and to get the updated information. Self assessment questions will be provided after each lesson. Learners have to complete the assignments after going through major sections of study material. 

The course on Food Laws and Standards will help in enhancing the competences in following areas:
  • Salient features of Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006 and its Rules and Regulations.
  • Important features of Codex and its scientific principles and relevance to national standards.
  • Specify the requirements with respect to import/ export of food products.
  • Importance of AGMARK and BIS.
  • Ensure the safety and quality of food products as per mandatory legal requirements and voluntary standards including export regulations if required.
The course shall be useful to those who are working in the food processing industry and who wish to have specialization in the area of food safety and quality management. 

Course Enrollment Start Date

02 – Dec – 2019

Course Enrollment End Date

8  – March – 2020

Exam Date:

Will be announced soon

Exam  Slot:

Will be announced soon

Mode of Exam:

CBT (Computer Based Test)

Learners enrolled: 1831


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 16 weeks
Start Date : 01 Jan 2020
End Date : 31 May 2020
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 08 Mar 2020
Category :
  • Agricultural and Food Engineering
  • Level : Diploma


    Food Laws and Standards: Layout



    Food Science


    Food Microbiology


    Food Safety

    Indian Food Regulatory Regime


    Erstwhile prevention of Food Adulteration Act and Rules


    Erstwhile Essential Commodities Act


    Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006


    Food Safety Regulations and Rules: Sanitary and Hygienic requirements; Safety and Quality requirements for specific Products (Milk and Milk products/ Meat and Meat products); Packaging and Labelling


    Food Safety and Quality Requirements: HACCP, ISO and BRC

    Global Scenario


    Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC): Structure of Codex, Scientific Basis, Harmonization of National Standard with Codex


    WTO Implications: SPS and TBT agreement


    Other International Standard Setting Bodies: ISO, OIE, IPPC, AOAC, ASTM, EU and USFDA

    Export and Import Laws and Regulations


    Foreign Trade Policy


    Export (Quality Control and Inspection) Act, 1963


    Promotion Bodies


    Plant and Animal Quarantine


    Customs Act and Import Control Regulations

    Other Laws and Standards Related to Foods


    Other Laws Related to Food Products


    Voluntary National Standards: BIS and AGMARK


    National Agencies for Implementation of International Food Laws and Standards


    Food Labelling



    Professor M. K. Salooja

    Indira Gandhi National Open University
    Prof. M.K. Salooja, Professor & Director, School of Agriculture, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi. Academic experience of more than 30 years in the disciplines of Dairy Technology, Food Safety and Quality Management and Vocational Education.  A Dairy Technologist by profession from the National Dairy Research Institute and set to the teaching profession as Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science College, Udaipur. Diversified into educational planning and vocational education by serving as Senior Research Officer in the Planning Commission and Reader in the NCERT, respectively.
    IGNOU’s experience in the open and distance learning is adding new vista to the academic profession.  At present, the Programme Coordinator for the following IGNOU programmes:
    1. Diploma in Dairy Technology
    2. Diploma in Value Added Products from Fruits & Vegetables
    3. Post Graduate Diploma in Food Safety & Quality Management 
    4. Ph.D. in Dairy Science & Technology

    Awarded with Commonwealth Scholarship for Post doctorate at CSIRO, Australia and Jawaharlal Nehru Award of ICAR. Always willing to learn.

    Contact details:
    Office: 011-29572976
    Email: mksalooja@ignou.ac.in