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Introduction

Punjab Food Authority has been established under the "Punjab Food Authority Act 2011" to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption. The basic purpose is to lay out standards for food articles and to regulate their manufacturing, storage, distribution, sale and import.

 

 

Main Functions:

Food Authority is responsible to:-

 

  • Formulate standards, procedures, processes, and guidelines in relation to any aspect of food including food business, food labeling, food additive, and specify appropriate enforcement systems;
  • Specify procedures and guidelines for setting up and accreditation of food laboratories;
  • Formulate method of sampling, analysis of samples and reporting of results;
  • Specify licensing, prohibition orders, recall procedures, improvement notices or prosecution;
  • Provide scientific advice and technical support to the Government in matters related to food;
  • Collect and analyze relevant scientific and technical data relating to food;
  • Establish a system of network of food operators and consumers to facilitate food safety and quality control;
  • Organize training programmes in food safety and standards;
  • Promote general awareness as to food safety and standards;
  • Levy fee for registration, licensing and other services;
  • Certify food for export;