Understanding FSSAI or Food safety Authority in India

If you are looking for basic understanding of FSSAI, itslits and its significance, you are at the right place. read on to learn more.

Have you noticed the following logo in the packaged food product you buy and do not know what is it?
I am trying to explain about the logo and the governmental authority which holds and issues this logo to food companies. This is as you can see is read as FSSAI and the abbreviation for this is FOOD SAFETY AND STANDARDS AUTHORITY OF INDIA (FSSAI). 

FSSAI as the name suggests is the sole food authority in India which regulates sales and lays down standards for the food products sold in India. In the US it is USFDA and in Europe, it is the EU.
FSSAI is the body that is responsible for the maintenance of quality and safety of food products sold in India. After the introduction of FSSAI, the post Food Inspector was renamed as Food Safety Officer (FSO) under the authority. FSSAI hold the right to ban any food product sold in the country if it is not conforming to the standards and following the regulations under the FSS Act,2006 Food Safety and Standards Act in India was passed in 23rd August 2006 in the Indian Parliament followed by forming FSSAI in 2009 under the FSS Act,2006.

It is mandatory for a food handling firm to have either license or registration through FSSAI. Otherwise, the manufacturing, storage, and sale of any food product without license or registration are illegal and a punishable offense.

Registration is for small businesses including cottage industries, hawkers, street vendors, etc whose turnover is less than Rs. 1200000/- per annum. Registration is obtained with an application fee of Rs.100/-. Whomsoever having turnover more than Rs. 1200000/- has to go for an FSSAI license.

You would have noticed the logo shown below in many fruit juices, jams, etc. It is the logo showing that the product is certified by FPO. After the introduction of FSSAI, the Fruit product Order(FPO) which was mandatory for fruit products,  got repealed and is no more valid.


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