The domestic food processing industry in India is now facing fierce competition from the developed and some of the developing countries due to the wide variations in the usage of food additives and consequent technologies. With the government's economic policy and the influx of imported food items containing ingredients not permitted under the PFA Act in India, the regulatory authorities are flooded with requests to liberalize food laws and permit the use of a greater variety of food additives. In addition, traders are going in for importing ready-to-eat foodstuffs containing various additives. Here again the Indian food laws may vary from the laws of the exporting country. However, being a signatory to the World Trade Organization (WTO), India cannot stop the entry of foreign products and thereafter has to incorporate the standards suggested by Codex Alimentarius Commission unless scientific basis is provided to do so. In order to ensure that the food sectors match up to the best global standards, the Government of India enacted an integrated food law called the Food Safety and Standards Act in August 2006 and in addition a Food Safety Authority is being established shortly to ensure food safety.