Through the publication of an order dated 18 July 2016 the FSSAI has clarified that FBOs running food establishments at airports and seaports require licenses. The FSSAI has received a number of representations from FBOs, Licensing Authorities, PHO/APHOs and other stakeholders regarding clarification on the issue of licensing of establishments at airports and seaports even though there is an order on this issue which is dated 20 November 2015.
The FSSAI has said that it had earlier, on that date, already clarified that Ports and Airports for which Designated Officers had been notified under the Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006 would issue those licenses to all establishments in these premises. However, since there has been a lack of clarity the FSSAI has again issued an order and reiterated the requirement for a license and has communicated the same to all concerned for necessary action and compliance.
Accordingly, the FSSAI has clarified which designated authority will issue the license for establishments within the ports or airports, outside the port or airport premises and for those premises where Designated Officer has not been notified under Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006.
Licenses for FBOs that have establishments within the port or airport premises which in other words means, inside the port or airport terminal and for which Designated Officers have been notified under the FSS Act, 2006 would be issued by the respective PHO/APHO (designated officers).
For establishments outside the port or airport premises, which means outside the terminal, then the license would be issued either by the respective State Designated Officers or Central Licensing Authority, as the case stands per capacity or turnover of the food business establishment.
In case no Designated Officer has been notified under the FSS Act, 2006 at any port or airport and the food establishment is within the terminal premises of that port or airport then the license will be issued by the respective Central Licensing Authority.