Operationalization of Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Amendment Regulations, 2018

Feb 16, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), has operationalised the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Amendment Regulations, 2018. These regulations contain amendments in respect of the following Sections:

(i)      Section 1: Licensing and Registration of E-Commerce food business operator.- To regulate the online marketing companies involved in the selling of food items, the category “E-Commerce” has been included under the kind of business. The procedure for licensing and registration of e-commerce business operators along with their responsibilities has also been prescribed.

(ii)    Section 2: Documents to be enclosed for new application for license to State/Central Licensing Authority for restaurant.- Documents prescribed under Annexure-2 of Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011 have been revised. Accordingly restaurants do not require to submit the blueprint/layout plan, name & list of equipments and machinery, list of food category, copy of certificate obtained under Coop Act, NOC from manufacturer and recall plan while applying for state/central license.

(iii)  Section 3: Conditions of license for restaurant.- The conditions of license prescribed under Aneexure-3 of FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Regulations, 2011 have been revised. The revised condition prescribes that a Food Safety Display Board needs to be displayed at a prominent place in the premises and employment of at least one technical person or Food Safety Supervisor trained by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India in case of restaurant.

(iv)   Section 4: Part-II of Schedule 4 relating to general requirements on Hygienic and sanitary practices to be followed by all food business operators applying for license.- These requirements under Schedule 4 have been revised and simplified to facilitate the Industry to implement Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Good Hygiene Practices (GHP) and to meet the regulatory requirements.

(v)     Section 5:- Part IV of Schedule 4 relating to establishing a small slaughter house.- Currently, specific hygienic and sanitary practices to be followed by FBOs engaged in manufacturer, processing, storing and selling of meat and meat products is detailed in part IV of Schedule 4 of FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Regulations, 2011. These requirements were found to be not compatible with the operation of small slaughter house, hence, minimum sanitary and hygienic requirements for establishing a small slaughter house have been developed.

(vi)   Section 6: Part V of Schedule 4 relating to good hygienic and manufacturing practices to be followed by licensed food business operators engaged in catering or food service operations.- General Requirements on Hygienic and Sanitary Practices to be followed by all Food Business Operators and good hygienic and manufacturing practices to be followed by licensed food business operators engaged in catering or food service operations have been simplified to ensure consistent implementation of these requirements by food businesses across the food supply chain.

To facilitate ease of doing business while ensuring food safety of the business operations in exercise of power conferred under Section 18 (2) (d) read with 16 (5) of FSS without suspending the due process of draft notification and its finalization FSSAI operationalised these regulations.

Such operationalization would also enable FSSAI to get the feedback regarding difficulties, if any, faced in implementing the amended/new provisions which could be suitably taken into consideration at the time of finalization of the single comprehensive amendment to the given regulations.

The food business operators shall follow these revised regulations with immediate effect and the enforcement of these regulations shall commence only after the final regulations are notified in the Gazette of India.

[File No. 1(80)2016/Enf-II Info/FSSAI(pt.)]

 

URL: http://www.fssai.gov.in/dam/jcr:25213b37-e170-470a-839f-d53eb3c1bfdf/Direction_FSS_Licensing_Registration_16_02_2018.pdf


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