Career Opportunity- Post Covid Era
The present year has changed the working style and working in the office. Where the students are digitally getting degrees, it either opens up avenues for new ventures or let the new graduates explore unturned stones. In this article I would like to discuss briefly the career opputunities that could be explored by the graduates this year. This is specifically related to areas of food and the laws revolving around the same.
The Food industry is one of the most important industries in the world. While it evolves arounds the niticreties and nuances the Companies face with the changing food habits and the taste of the consumers, Lawyers have a role to play in the drafting and regulating the laws in the Country.
A. Specialization as Food Lawyers
It may sound funny to a young lawyer reading this article to understand how a full career can be built one single law of the country. It is rightly said that a 360-degree knowledge of all laws is required is to become a lawyer, similarly making a career in food laws would also entail knowledge of all laws. Advising in the field of Food Laws would also require knowledge of the provisions of Legal Metrology Act, 2009 and its allied rules. Given below are the laws of the country that deal with the manufacture, sale and storage of foods:
1. Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (“Food Act”)- The Food Act defines what constitutes food and how it is to be regulated. It is full-fledged law that deals with standardization of food, packaging of food and labelling of the packs, the details of which are defined in the various rules allied to the parent act.
2. Legal Metrology Act, 2009 (“LM Act”)- The LM Act is the only Act in the country that deals with the pricing of the pre-packaged commodities being sold in the market. The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 (LMPC Rules), an integral part of the LM Act that define the weights, and packaging of all products that are intended to be sold in the Indian markets. The area, manner and kind of declarations that form part of any package are all regulated by the LMPC Rules and hence, this regelation becomes an imperative law for dealing and advising under the Food Laws.
B. Food Companies in India
Some of the famous food companies in India are as follows:
- Adani Group;
- Mead Johnson
And the list goes on. India contributes to nearly 46% of the imported food market as well.
India has always been a potential market for new innovations. With the growing era of organic and healthy food, companies would try to experiment and innovate new food items. At this point of time, when the Country goes into Atamnirbhar (self-made) mode, the opportunities of job would increase when new entrants would make their mark. Hence, it is important that the young lawyers equip themselves and start looking for opputunities in the Food business.
Disclaimer: This article captures personal views of the author. The opinion expressed herein is based on authors understanding of laws and professional judgement. The laws are subject to change from time to time.
Author - Mainna Duggal
From CS and Lawyer
(Formar Legal Manager South Asia at Oriflame India Private Limited)