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Fssai- Notification–May 2019

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Advisories/orders–may 2019

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போரிவலி ரயில் நிலையத்தில், சட்னிக்கு கழிவறையிலிருந்து நீர்

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ம்பையில், இட்லி கடை நடத்தி வரும் நபர் ஒருவர், கழிவறைக்கு பயன்படுத்தும் தண்ணீரை கொண்டு சட்னி தயார் செய்தது அதிர்ச்சியை ஏற்படுத்தியுள்ளது.

மும்பை போரிவாலி ரயில் நிலைய பகுதியில், சாலையோரத்தில் இட்லி கடை நடத்தி வரும் நபர் ஒருவர், அங்குள்ள ரயில்வே கழிவறைக்குள் சென்று குழாயில் தண்ணீர் பிடித்து வந்து சட்னி தயார் செய்துள்ளார். இதுதொடர்பான வீடியோ தற்போது வெளியாகியுள்ளது.

மிகவும் மோசமான நிலையில் இருக்கும் கழிவறையின் தண்ணீரை சட்னி தயாரிக்க பயன்படுத்தியது அதிர்ச்சியை ஏற்படுத்தியுள்ளது. இதுகுறித்து உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறை அதிகாரிகள் விசாரணை நடத்தி வருகின்றனர். இதுபோன்று சுகாதாரமற்ற முறையில் உணவு தயாரித்த நபர் மீது கடும் நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படும் என அதிகாரிகள் தெரிவித்துள்ளனர்.

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ஆதார் அட்டை இல்லாத வியாபாரிகள் பழங்கள் விற்பனை செய்யத் தடை: நகராட்சிக்கு உணவுப் பாதுகாப்புத் துறை பரிந்துரை

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புதுச்சேரியில் ஆதார் அட்டை இல்லாத வியாபாரிகள் சந்தைகளில் பழங்களை விற்க தடை விதிக்க வேண்டும் என்று நகராட்சி நிர்வாகத்துக்கு உணவுப் பாதுகாப்புத்துறை பரிந்துரை செய்தது.
ரசாயனத்தால் பழுக்க வைக்கப்படும் மாம்பழம்,  வாழைப்பழம் உள்ளிட்ட பழங்களை விற்பனை செய்வதை புதுவை உணவுப் பாதுகாப்புத் துறை தடை செய்துள்ளது. இதுதொடர்பாக அதிகாரிகள் ஆய்வு செய்து, தவறுகளை கண்டுபிடிக்கும்போது வியாபாரிகளின் பெயர், முகவரி விவரத்தை வாங்குகின்றனர். பின்னர், மேல் நடவடிக்கைக்காக தொடர்பு கொள்ள முயற்சிக்கும்போது, வியாபாரிகள் கொடுத்த முகவரிகள் போலி என்பது தெரியவந்தது. 
இந்த நிலையில், புதுவை உணவு பாதுகாப்புத் துறையில் தணிக்கை மேற்கொண்ட மத்திய தணிக்கை துறை அதிகாரிகள், இந்த நடவடிக்கை விவரத்தைக் கண்டு, கடந்த காலங்களில் ஆய்வு செய்தது உண்மையா என்று புதுவை அதிகாரிகளிடம் கேள்வி எழுப்பினர். 
இதனால், புதுவை அதிகாரிகள் அவர்களை நேரிடையாக களத்துக்குச் அழைத்துச் செல்ல முடிவு செய்தனர்.
அதன்படி, புதுச்சேரி  பெரிய மார்க்கெட் பகுதிகளில் வெள்ளிக்கிழமை உணவு பாதுகாப்புத் துறை அதிகாரிகளுடன், மத்திய தணிக்கைத் துறை அதிகாரிகளும் ஆய்வு மேற்கொண்டனர். 
அப்போது ரசாயனத்தால் பழுக்க வைக்கப்பட்டிருக்கலாம் என்ற சந்தேகம் ஏற்பட்டிருந்த 12 வியாபாரிகளிடம் இருந்து சோதனை செய்வதற்காக பழங்களை அதிகாரிகள் எடுத்து கொண்டனர். அதுபோல், உறுதியாக ரசாயனத்தால் பழுக்க வைக்கப்பட்டிருப்பதாக தெரியவந்த ஒரு பெட்டி மாம்பழங்களை பறிமுதல் செய்தனர்.
இந்த ஆய்வு குறித்து உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரி தன்ராஜ் கூறியதாவது:
கடந்த காலங்களில் ஆய்வு மேற்கொண்ட பின்னர் பழுக்க வைக்க ரசாயனம் கலக்கப்பட்டு இருப்பது உறுதியானவுடன் மேல்நடவடிக்கைக்காக ஆய்வின்போது பெற்ற பெயர் மற்றும் முகவரிகளின் அடிப்படையில் வியாபாரிகளை தொடர்பு கொள்ளும் பொருட்டு கடிதங்களை அனுப்பினோம்.  ஆனால், அனைத்து கடிதங்களும் அவர்களை சென்றடையாமல் திரும்பி வந்தன.
பின்னர், விசாரித்தபோது அவர்கள் கொடுத்திருந்தது போலி முகவரி என்பது தெரியவந்தது. 
இதனால் நகராட்சி ஆணையரிடம் பெரிய மார்க்கெட்டில் வியாபாரம் செய்ய அனுமதிக்கும்போது ஆதார் அட்டை பெற்றுக்கொண்டு, அவர்களது முகவரியை உறுதிப்படுத்தவேண்டும் என்று அறிவுறுத்தியுள்ளோம். ஆதார் அட்டை இல்லாத வியாபாரிளுக்கு தடை விதிக்க பரிந்துரைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. இன்றைய ஆய்வில் மத்திய தணிக்கை துறை அதிகாரிகளும் வந்திருந்தனர் என்றார்
இந்த நடவடிக்கையின்போது உணவுப் பாதுகாப்பு நியமன அதிகாரி பாலகிருஷ்ணன்  உடனிருந்தார்.

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காலாவதியாகும் தேதி குறிப்பிடாமல் பொருட்கள் விற்பனை : ரூ. 50 ஆயிரம் மதிப்பிலான பொருட்கள் பறிமுதல்

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கொடைக்கானலில் காலாவதியாகும் தேதி குறிப்பிடப்படாமல் விற்பனைக்கு வைக்கப்பட்டிருந்த சுமார் 50 ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் மதிப்புள்ள பொருட்களை உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறையினர் பறிமுதல் செய்துள்ளனர்.

 

கொடைக்கானலில் காலாவதியாகும் தேதி குறிப்பிடப்படாமல் விற்பனைக்கு வைக்கப்பட்டிருந்த சுமார் 50 ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் மதிப்புள்ள பொருட்களை உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறையினர் பறிமுதல் செய்துள்ளனர். உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறை மாவட்ட நியமன அலுவலர் நடராஜன் தலைமையில் 3 பேர் கொண்ட குழுவினர், பிரையண்ட் பூங்கா, ஏரிச்சாலை உள்பட பல்வேறு பகுதிகளில் உள்ள கடைகளில் திடீர் சோதனை நடத்தினர். அதில்  பல்வேறு கடைகளில் காலாவதி தேதி குறிப்பிடப்படாமல் விற்பனைக்கு வைக்கப்பட்டிருந்த நெய்,காப்பித்தூள்,  டீத்தூள்,  கலர் சாக்லேட்டுகள், நெய், தேன்  உட்பட சுமார் ஐம்பதாயிரம் ரூபாய் மதிப்புள்ள பொருட்களை  பறிமுதல் செய்ததோடு, காலவாதியான பொருட்களை விற்றால், கடையின் உரிமம் ரத்து செய்யப்படும் என வியாபாரிகளை எச்சரித்துள்ளனர்.

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Rise in stds fuelling growth amongst third-party certification providers

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In India, concerns over food came into focus after the Independence with the implementation of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954. The main aim of the Act was to curb the menace of adulteration in Indian society, which was mainly due to unavailability of sufficient food to feed large population, and the profit-making nature of businessmen who took advantage of the illiterate population of India.
The majority of the population was unaware of consumer rights, hence the issues prevailed. In addition to the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, there were several Orders to regulate the food sector, which included The Fruit Products Order, 1955; The Meat Food Products Order, 1973; The Vegetable Oil Products (Control) Order, 1947; The Edible Oils Packaging (Regulation) Order 1998; The Solvent Extracted Oil, Deoiled Meal and Edible Flour (Control) Order, 1967; The Milk and Milk Products Order 1992; and any other Orders issued under Essential Commodities Act, 1955; (10 of 1955) related to food.  
Multiplicity of the laws
With the passage of time and the changing scenario worldwide, Indians felt the need to change the regulatory system for the food industry, as the Indian food processing sector is most unorganised and difficult to control. With the multiplicity of the laws, the food sector was facing difficulties, hence to streamline the regulatory system in India and bring all the regulations and Orders under its ambit, in 2006, Parliament of India enacted the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. But actual implementation started from August 5, 2011, with the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011, coming in to existence along with several regulations such as Food Safety and Standards (Licence and Registration of Food Business) Regulations, 2011; Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Additives) Regulations, 2011; Food Safety and Standards (Laboratory and Sample Analysis) Regulations, 2011; Food Safety and Standards (Food Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011; Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sale) Regulations, 2011; Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulations, 2011; Food Safety and Standards (Food Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011; with this started the implementation of Food Safety and Standards Act in India, which is more business-friendly, educative, coordinated with world food regulations among different countries.
Again with the passage of time, lacunae in the regulations were corrected and with the need of the hour, few more regulations came into existence in the last two to three years, they include mainly Food Safety and Standards (Food or Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Food for Special Dietary Uses, Foods for Medicinal Purpose, Functional Foods and Novel Food), Regulations, 2016; Food Safety and Standards (Food Recall Procedure) Regulations, 2017; Food Safety and Standards (Import) Regulations 2017; Food Safety and Standards (Organic Food) Regulations, 2017; Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverages) Regulations 2018; Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Food) Regulations, 2018; Food Safety and Standards (Food Safety Auditing) Regulations, 2018; and Food Safety and Standards (Advertisements and Claims) Regulations, 2018. More regulations are likely to come in the near future.
With the shift from the era of food adulteration to food safety, we see lot of scope for third-party service providers. From Nov 8, 2018, FSSAI made it compulsory to appoint food safety supervisors for restaurants, previously only manufacturers needed to appoint technical persons with specific qualifications mentioned in regulations such as food technology, food chemistry and food microbiology. So to train persons engaged in food business, FSSAI launched Food Safety Training and Certification (FoSTaC) for food business operators across the food value chain, which enroll lot of private training partners who conduct training for food business personnel for different categories across India.
Presently there are 160 training partners, 1,567 trainers registered with FSSAI, who trained 122,885 food business operators across India till now, conducting various courses for retail, manufacturing, catering, storage, transportation and special courses for milk and milk products, oil, bakery and street food vendors.
FSSAI-notified NABL labs
There are 129 FSSAI-notified NABL laboratories across India to perform analysis of food samples taken under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. Also they perform analysis of samples from food industry with their specific need according to food products.
In India, presently, food industry is not fully equipped with advanced laboratories facilities, so this space is presently filled by private FSSAI-notified NABL laboratories. Some times, these laboratories provide research and development service to food industry. With the growth of food industry, there will be more FSSAI-notified NABL laboratories.
With the implementation of FSS Act, 2006, there is rampant increase in food consultancy services, which provide different types of services like plant installation, Food Safety Management System (FSMS) implementation, GMP, GHP and HACCP implementation.
Further, with the implementation of Food Safety and Standards (Food Safety Auditing) Regulations, 2018, there would be rampant increase in food safety auditors who perform internal audits, external audits and third-party audits. If some food industry performs third-party audits by FSSAI-certified auditors, there will be less frequent inspections by Central or state food safety regulators.
And with the implementation of Food Safety and Standards (Organic Food) Regulations, 2017, there would be agencies which would be recognised by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and recognised by National Programme for Organic Production for accreditation of certification bodies. Such agencies would offer certification service to the fast growing organic food sector in India.
Besides, there would be many more sections involved which are unnoticed, provide different types of services towards achieving the goal of food safety in India.   
(The author is a joint commissioner (food), FDA (MS) Amravati. He can be contacted at sureshannapure67@gmail.com)

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Complex regulations among key challenges in implementation of standards

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Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent food-borne illness. The tracks within this line of thought are safety between the industry and the market and then between the market and the consumer. Safer food promises healthier and longer lives and less costly health care, as well as a more resilient food industry.
Food laws can be traced back to times of the earliest societies. Ancient food regulations are referred to in Egyptian, Chinese, Hindu, Greek, and Roman literature. In the Middle Ages, the trade guilds exerted a powerful influence on the regulation of food trade and the prevention of falsification of food products. Later, the initiative in food control was taken on by the state, municipal, or other local authorities.
Food adulteration is a very important aspect of food safety and thus, legal history of India shows that many state legislations regarding food adulteration were in existence prior to Independence. Each state had made its own definition for the concept according to notion.
For the present attempt, it is suffice to quote one definition. The Bengal Food Act, 1919 defined adulteration as follows: "An article of food shall be deemed to be ‘adulterated’ if it has been mixed or packed with any other substance or if any part of it has been extracted so as it either affects injuriously its quality, substance or nature." To achieve uniformity in combating adulteration, all state legislations were repealed in 1954, and an exhaustive definition was conferred by Parliament to the term adulteration under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954.
Food Legislation – Milestones in India
1899: States’ / Provinces’ own food laws with difference in standards for the same commodity –
– Conflicts in inter provincial trade.
1943: Central Advisory Board for Central Legislation that brings in uniformity throughout the country.
1954: Central Legislation – Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954. Rules and Standards framed under the Act 1955.
History
The legislation which first dealt with food safety in India was the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954. It regulated the laws of the food industry along with six other laws – The Fruit Product Order of 1955, The Meat Food Products Order of 1973, The Vegetable Oil Products (Control) Order of 1947, The Edible Oils Packaging (Regulation) Order of 1998, The Solvent Extracted Oil, De-oiled Meal, and Edible Flour (Control) Order of 1967 and The Milk and Milk Products Order of 1992.
However due to the changing requirement of the food industry, The Food Safety and Standards Act was introduced in 2006. This law overrode and repealed all prior laws.
The Act was established to bring uniformity and a single reference point for all matters relating food safety and standards. It helped move from a multi-departmental and multi-level control to a single line of command.
This Act is enforced by two statutory authorities – Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and State Food Safety Authority. It should also be noted that this was possible because “Adulteration of foodstuff and other goods” was included in the concurrent list in the constitution of India.
Objectives of FSSA
1 To consolidate multiple laws and establish single point reference system
2 To establish Food Safety and Standards Authority
3 To regulate the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of food products
4 To ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption
Pre-FSSAI Scenario
Nine different laws and eight different ministries governing the food sector laws framed by different ministries/departments.
With different perspective and enforcement approach
Overlapping laws with different quality standards & labelling requirements
Regulatory Mechanism
Through Food Authority and the State Food Safety Authority

Central Advisory Committee regulates close cooperation and coordination between Centre, states and other stakeholders in the field of food including consumer organisation.

Scientific Committee – Consists of heads of scientific panels & 6 scientific experts. They will provide the scientific opinion on multi-sectoral, cross-cutting issues Scientific Panels
Nine panels on Food Additives, Pesticide Residues, GM Food, Biological Hazard, Labelling, Functional Food, Method of Sampling, Contaminants and Fish & Fisheries
Stakeholders
    • Food Safety
    • Research institutes/ laboratories
    • Industry
    • Farmers organisations
    • Consumer organisations
    • Government Agencies
    • Regulators
A Leap Forward: Single Authority which takes care of
    • Safety
    • Monitoring and surveillance
    • Employs full time officers
    • Gets laboratories in public and private sectors involved

Food Categories Governed

Health Supplements: Supplement to normal diet
Nutraceuticals  : Isolates/extracts providing health benefit
FSDU: Supplement to dietary requirement arising due to health condition
FSMP: Dietary management of patients
Probiotic Foods: Food containing microbes beneficial to human health
Prebiotics: Food with prebiotic ingredients
Specialty Foods: Food containing plant or botanical ingredients conferring health benefit
NovelFoods: No history of safety/new technology

In India, the apex food regulator, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) implements and enforces food regulations prescribed in the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011.

In 2018, FSSAI directed 10 online food delivery platforms to delist their non-FSSAI licensed food business from their platform after receiving consumers’ complaints of sub-standard food being served on e-commerce platforms.

According to FSSAI, adulteration of food in India is growing at an alarming rate. This is primarily due to lack of compliance with requirements specified under these regulations. Provided below are the details:

Year

Number of samples analysed

Number of samples found adulterated

Percentage of adulteration

2016-17

60,671

14,130

23%

2015-16

65,057

14,179

22%

2014-15

49,290

8,469

17%

Source: FSSAI Annual Reports
Food Regulatory Scenario in India
• Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006
• Legal Metrology Act, 2009 & Packaged Commodities Rules, 2011
• The Essential Commodities Act, 1955
• Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
• Agmark
• Consumer Protection Act
The government is increasingly adopting stringent food safety regulations and sanctions to enhance compliance-related requirements across markets. The FSSAI, is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through regulation and supervision of food safety procedures. In previous years, the FSSAI has taken systematic steps to create a unifying framework. Its objective is to ensure consistent implementation of the law across states and Union Territories in India.
The FSSAI has Concentrated its efforts in six Major Areas
1. Establishment of globally benchmarked food product standards
2. Enforcement of the law consistently across all states and Union Territories
3. Facilitation of problem-free food imports
4. Implementation of credible testing of food through a robust lab network
5. Implementation of globally benchmarked food safety practices and processes
6. Provision of large-scale training and capacity-building in food business
7. Creation of a digital inspection platform to replace manual inspection
Between 2011 and 2017, a great deal of work related to setting up of standards and aligning these with global norms was completed by the FSSAI. Now it implements regular revisions and updates on an ongoing basis.
While the FSSAI is the apex regulatory authority for food products, six other agencies are also involved for specific purposes. To make available a single point of information for all food-related business compliance requirements, the Food Regulatory Portal provides important information and links it with those of other national agencies in the food safety ecosystem such as Legal Metrology, Customs, Plant and Animal Quarantine, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and Agmark.
Challenges being Faced in Implementation
Despite India having a legal framework in place, it still struggles with enforcing food safety standards throughout the country, primarily due to the following reasons:
1. The complexity in understanding regulatory requirements results in a gap in effective implementation of standards.
2. There is inadequate infrastructure in laboratories or fewer laboratories than required. Even today, the number of laboratories per million people in the country is far below their number in countries such as China and the US.
3. Furthermore, one of the requirements under food safety is the need for implementation of ‘farm to fork’ traceability, which facilitates preventive and remedial measures that need to be undertaken in food safety regimes, as mandated by the Food Recall Procedure Regulation 2017 for food businesses in India.
4. According to the findings of the GS1 India survey, the majority of businesses do not have effective traceability systems across their food supply chains.
Currently, most Food and Beverage organisations have implemented a track and trace system up to ‘one-level down’ in their supply chains, i.e., up to the distributor level. Many developed and fast-developing countries have implemented legal traceability-related norms, e.g., the European Union (EU) 1169/2011, EU 178/2002 regulations, to ensure food safety, and exporting countries are under pressure to comply with these.
Conclusion
The new objectives under the Food Safety and Standards Act go far beyond the objectives of Prevention of Food Alteration Act. The preamble of Prevention of Food Alteration Act laid emphasis only on provisions which helped prevent adulteration while the Food Safety and Standards Act lays emphasis on all laws related to food. This includes manufactory, storage, registration, sale and import. It helps make the availability of food safe and wholesome for human consumption.

(The author is dean, administration, HoD, nutrition, at St Ann’s College for Women,Hyderabad. She can be contacted at meena.patangay@gmail.com.)

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FSSAI discontinues operations of 14 unaccredited state labs as food labs

1,June, 2019 1 comment

The apex food regulator has decided to discontinue the operations of 14 state laboratories as food laboratories, after they failed to secure NABL accreditation. FSSAI, in an order, said that despite several reminders to these labs, they failed to submit an undertaking with regards to NABL accreditation.
FSSAI in its order said that in the last two years, it has repeatedly requested states and Union Territories to initiate the NABL accreditation process and submit an undertaking in this regard. It also warned the labs that they will be discontinued as food laboratories under Section 98 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, with effect from June 14, 2019.
“However, 14 labs have still not submitted the desired undertaking of obtaining NABL accreditation,” it added.
The state labs that were discontinued include State Food Lab, G B Pant Hospital Campus, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Food Lab; Regional Public Health Lab, Guntur Medical College Campus, Andhra Pradesh; Public Health Lab, Municipal Corporation, Fatehganj, Vadodara, Gujarat; Corporation of City of Mysore Lab, Karnataka; Food Lab Municipal Corporation Indore and Municipal Corporation Food Testing Lab, Ujjain (both in Madhya Pradesh); District Public Health Lab, Jalandhar, Punjab; Public Health Laboratory, Sri Ganga Nagar, Rajasthan; Food Analysis Laboratory, Corporation of Chennai, Tamil Nadu; Central Lab (Food), Kolkata Municipal Corporation; District Public Health Lab, Murshidabad; Public Health Lab, GM Hospital Kalyani, Nadia, and Asansol Mines Board of Health Laboratory (all in West Bengal).
In the order Bhaskar N, advisor quality, FSSAI said, “Since NABL accreditation is the primary criteria to a food lab under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, and these 14 labs are continuing under Section 98, Food Safety and Standards Act for over 10 years, and not even initiated the process for obtaining NABL accreditation, it has been decided to discontinue these labs from the ambit of Section 98 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 with effect from June 14, 2019.”
The respective state food safety commissioners were informed in this regard.

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Eating out frequently? 80% eateries in India don’t have food safety licence

1,June, 2019 Comments off
 

Out of the 2.49 million food business operators (FBOs) in India, only 467,000 or nearly 20% have a food safety licence

New Delhi: It may leave a bad (read unhealthy) taste in your mouth if you are eating out frequently! Out of the 2.49 million food business operators (FBOs) in India, only 467,000 or nearly 20% have a food safety licence, says ‘NRAI India Food Services Report 2019’. The study covered restaurants, eateries, dhabas and kiosks, among other channels.

Findings of the study have compelled the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to speed up registration of small food businesses, the Economic Times said in a report.

According to the ET report, last week, FSSAI asked the Food and Drug Administration across states to issue licences within two months of an application being filed if no inadequacy is found. The food safety authority also said that petty food businesses can start operations if registration is not granted or denied.

This means if an inspection is not ordered within a week or no decision is communicated within a month, small food businesses may start their business, according to FSSAI’s letter to commissioners of food safety of all states and union territories. A copy of the letter was reviewed by ET.

"FSSAI has received representations from food business operators regarding non-issuance or nonprocessing of their licence and registration within a stipulated timeframe. This causes undue inconvenience and delays in commencing food businesses by FBOs,” the business daily quoted the letter as saying and FSSAI CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal also confirmed the details to ET.

Worth mentioning here is India’s food service sector generates nearly Rs 4.2 lakh crore revenue annually with 65% coming from unorganised businesses. NRAI expects the share of this unorganised segment to drop to 57% by 2023. “These unorganised establishments are not registered under FSSAI or GST, and do put public health and tax at risk. With consumer awareness, FSSAI’s vigilance and delisting by aggregators, we see this tilt towards a much-needed formalisation of the sector,” the business daily quoted Rahul Singh, president of NRAI as saying. In fact, nearly half the licensed eateries are in just two states-—Tamil Nadu with 116,000 FBOs and Maharashtra with 90,530 FBOs.

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