The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006
36. Designated Officer. –
1. The Commissioner of Food Safety shall, by order, appoint the Designated Officer, who shall not be below the rank of a Sub-Divisional Officer, to be in-charge of food safety administration in such area as may be specified by regulations.
2. There shall be a Designated Officer for each district.
3. The functions to be performed by the Designated Officer shall be as follows, namely:-
a. to issue or cancel licence of food business operators;
b. to prohibit the sale of any article of food which is in contravention of the provisions of this Act and rules and regulations made thereunder;
c. to receive report and samples of article of foods from Food Safety Officer under his jurisdiction and get them analysed;
d. to make recommendations to the Commissioner of Food Safety for sanction to launch prosecutions in case of contraventions punishable with imprisonment;
e. to sanction or launch prosecutions in cases of contraventions punishable with fine;
f. to maintain record of all inspections made by Food Safety Officers and action taken by them in the performance of their duties;
g. to get investigated any complaint which may be made in writing in respect of any contravention of the provisions of this Act and the rules and regulations made there under;
h. to investigate any complaint which may be made in writing against the Food Safety Officer; and
i. to perform such other duties as may be entrusted by the Commissioner of Food Safety.