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These regulations aim to establish a uniform national regulation to protect organisations and individuals when they decide to donate food in good faith.

This law has been framed by the food regulator to promote food donation by businesses and reduce wastage of good food.

“Food Authority has come up with the Food Safety and Standards (Recovery and Distribution of surplus food) Regulations, 2019, so as to provide a legitimate back up to the food donation in India,” said a statement brought out by the FSSAI.

The FSSAI aims to encourage the donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to needy individuals.

These regulations will be enforced with effect from July 1, 2020.

The FSSAI held a second round of meeting with 20 Surplus Food Distribution Agencies from various parts of the country to discuss the steps taken by the government to ensure the safe distribution of surplus food. The first meeting was organised on July 30 which was attended by 13 agencies.

One of the key features is the creation of Indian Food Sharing Alliance (IFSA) – a network of food collection/recovery agencies in India, to create a pan India network of these agencies.

“It will be mandatory for surplus food distribution agencies to register with the FSSAI on food licensing portal,” the statement said.

Dabbawala’s in Mumbai have started an initiative called ‘Roti Bank’ and had appealed hotels not to throw the wastage food. Instead ‘Roti Bank’ will distribute the food among those who don’t get food at all.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Subhas Talekar, President, Dabbawala Association, Mumbai, said, “20 per cent of the population in India sleeps without having food. But, in metro cities, a huge quantity of food goes waste. In order to stop this wastage, we had launched ‘Roti Bank’”

“We welcome the initiative taken by the union government to enact a law regarding food wastage. We appeal all Mumbaikars not to waste food, and donate food instead so that thousands of people will get benefited,” he added.

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