FSSAI issues letter for ensuring food safety

Mar 19, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Commercial Compliance

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on March 07, 2020, issues letter for ensuring food safety in order to sensitise and deliberate about the various issues and aspects related to counterfeiting of food items in India, although it is an infringement under Intellectual Property Laws. FSSAI had noticed counterfeiting of food items which are likely to be substandard and sometimes even unsafe and therefore state food safety administration is requested to take some actions about it.

FSSAI has advised all the Commissioner of Food Safety of all States and Union Territories (UTs) to take following actions:-

1) Conduct regular market surveillance for food products selling significantly below MRP and likely to be counterfeit. Such action may be taken in coordination with local police or other authorities related to counterfeiting.

2) Local intelligence need to be developed to identify commodities, hot spots and trends in counterfeit food goods.

3) It is reported that many foreign food goods are available in market without FSSAI approval. Thus, it is requested to conduct regular surveys to identify selling of such imported or foreign food goods which do not have FSSAI license.

4) E-commerce players will need to be sensitized to put in place mechanisms to prevent sale of counterfeit food goods and illegal imported goods on their platforms. It is requested to ensure that sellers of food goods on their platform must be FSSAI registered or licensed. Only packaged goods which have FSSAI registration or licence indicated must be allowed for sale.

5) The States need to clearly identify the number of DO and FSO posts required for food safety administration and take steps to create the post and fill them.

[FSSAI Letter No. 12(4)2016/Misc./RCD/FSSAI]


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