Overview

The Indian food processing and supply industry is experiencing remarkable growth, fueled by shifting global trends, heightened consumer health awareness, innovative business models like cloud kitchens, significant technological advancements and a substantial surge in e-commerce activities within the sector. Unsurprisingly, this expansion has led to an escalating need for comprehensive regulatory supervision of the food industry. India’s Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (FSS Act) is a comprehensive framework of rules and regulations for the food industry. These regulations are applicable to a broad spectrum of entities classified as 'food business operators.' This encompasses importers, manufacturers, processors, packagers, and various intermediaries involved in the storage, transportation, or distribution of food products.

The Indian food processing and supply industry is experiencing remarkable growth, fueled by shifting global trends, heightened consumer health awareness, innovative business models like cloud kitchens, significant technological advancements and a substantial surge in e-commerce activities within the sector.

Unsurprisingly, this expansion has led to an escalating need for comprehensive regulatory supervision of the food industry. India’s Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (FSS Act) is a comprehensive framework of rules and regulations for the food industry. These regulations are applicable to a broad spectrum of entities classified as ‘food business operators.’ This encompasses importers, manufacturers, processors, packagers, and various intermediaries involved in the storage, transportation, or distribution of food products.

ELP offers a gamut of services in relation to food laws in India, including regulatory advice, policy advocacy and end-to-end litigation across all fora. Our strategic advisory and advocacy services stem from our unique experience and extensive understanding of the industry including:

  • Registration or licensing requirements
  • Categorization of food products and permissibility of ingredients and additives
  • Specific requirements for special categories of food such as alcoholic beverages, nutraceuticals, organic food, vegan food etc.
  • Labelling, display and packaging requirements
  • Permissibility of advertising mechanisms and claims used
  • Unsafe and substandard food, and need for food recall
  • Imported foods and rectifiable errors
  • Consequences in case of non-compliance including analysis of risks involved and seeking dispensations in certain cases
  • Tax optimization across the food supply chain
  • M&A and Joint Ventures
  • Trade and customs related issues
  • Litigation and arbitration across all fora

Thought Leadership

News & Media 25th Jun 2024

MC Exclusive: FSSAI calls for strict compliance of food safety protocols after alarming contamination reports

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Podcasts 22nd Apr 2024

ELP Podcast Series: Food Regulation – Reactive measures in the wake of media trials

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News & Media 7th Mar 2024

How McDonald’s ended up in a ‘fake cheese’ mess

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News & Media 30th Nov 2023

The GST Council’s power on classification of products

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News & Media 29th Nov 2023

What GST Scrutiny on delivery partner fees means for Zomato & Swiggy

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Articles 18th May 2023

Food for thought: Restaurants do not need the added spice of GST issues

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News & Media 6th Feb 2023

Spotlight: Taxing sin – Budget 2023

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News & Media 3rd Feb 2023

I-T, TDS to cover cash ‘benefits

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Recent Matters

Assisted and represented the Food division of ITC Limited in issues pertaining to MEIS before the policy relaxation committee of...
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Assisted and represented the Food division of ITC Limited in issues pertaining to MEIS before the policy relaxation committee of the DGFT.

Advised and represented Yum restaurants in relation to the petition filed for obtaining benefit of the Served From India Scheme...
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Advised and represented Yum restaurants in relation to the petition filed for obtaining benefit of the Served From India Scheme (SFIS).

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Assisted a Renowned international fast-food chains with major restructuring to operate though franchisee model and provided support related to tax structuring, contracts, and litigation.

Advised ID Fresh Food in relation to receiving investment from Helion Venture Partners III LLC.

Advised ID Fresh Food in relation to receiving investment from Helion Venture Partners III LLC.

Provide advisory and hand-holding support to a Global Pharma and FMCG major in proceedings before the SVB and to represent...
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Provide advisory and hand-holding support to a Global Pharma and FMCG major in proceedings before the SVB and to represent in the appellate proceedings, presently pending before the appellate Tribunal.

Assisted 100Percent nourishment in raising capital from investors by way of private placement through subscription of cumulative compulsorily convertible preference...
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Assisted 100Percent nourishment in raising capital from investors by way of private placement through subscription of cumulative compulsorily convertible preference shares and equity shares.
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