Balancing Food Safety and Livelihoods: Challenges Faced by Small-Scale Food Producers and Street Food Vendors in India

  • Rishith Reddy J S
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  • Rishith Reddy J S

    Student at Christ (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, India

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At the core of India, the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 ensures that food safety and quality are protected, guaranteeing that every plate is filled with safe and nourishing food. This comprehensive law brings together food regulations. Establishes strict standards for the production, storage, distribution and import of food. Its purpose extends beyond boundaries by aligning India's food standards with benchmarks like CODEX to ensure access to healthy meals. However, within the tapestry of small-scale food producers and street vendors complying with the Acts regulations poses a significant challenge. These unsung heroes who enrich our streets with affordable delights face difficulties in obtaining licences and registrations due to financial constraints that often outweigh their modest profits. Additionally, the lack of tailor-made standards for these vendors exacerbates their struggles. While prioritising food safety remains crucial a balanced approach is necessary. The Indian government has implemented initiatives such as the Micro Food Enterprises category and lenient penalties to support these artisans. As we relish the flavours of India's cuisine it is important to acknowledge the equilibrium, between ensuring food safety and nurturing the livelihoods of those who bring magic to our streets.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 2, Page 2620 - 2630


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