FSSAI issues direction regarding non-requirement of last mile delivery persons, direct sellers, individual food entity owned by single or main entity

Oct 01, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on September 19, 2019, with the approval of the Competent Authority gives clarification with respect to directions issued regarding non-requirement of FSSAI registration of last mile delivery persons, direct sellers, food vending machines, water vending machines, food ATMs, branded food carts owned by single or main entity. FSSAI had received representations from the stakeholders in order to give clarifications on the guidelines.

Thus, the following clauses of the said Order are clarified:

1. The term ‘Direct Selling Agents’ may be read as ‘Direct sellers’.

2. Main entity shall issue ID cards vide digital or physical mode, bearing unique identity number and main entity or unit’s FSSAI license number. In case, ID card does not have photo of the individual, it must be accompanied with a Government issued photo ID card.

3. Main entity will ensure that no such person known to be suffering from any contagious disease continues to handle food products.

4. It is clarified that the said order is only applicable to those cases where the main entity accepts the responsibility of regulatory compliance by last mile delivery persons, direct sellers, individual food units or entities etc. The main entity shall communicate in writing to its individual entities and to respective Licensing Authorities.


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