Maharashtra state’s Food and Drugs Administration seems to be leading the way in implementing an online registration procedure for processing the applications of food business operators. The new system which went online on November 22, 2013 would help state FDA in effective functioning and control over the activities.
This is regarded as an excellent move by the FDA as this would not only help the regulatory body to get rid of huge burden of files in record rooms but it will also be helpful for the food business operators seeking to apply for a licence as they can monitor the status of their application through online system.
All food business operators whether manufacturers, traders, wholesalers, retailers, hoteliers, food catering service providers all are happy with this move as the new procedure would not only save their time but the online system would expedite the licencing process.
Since the time the FSS Act, 2006 was formed, the food and drug administration of the state has been going very strict for the enforcement of the new regulations set for doing food business. The FDA first spread awareness about the new norms and further penalized FBOs for non-compliance to the provisions of the Act.
As per Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, every food business operator has to get registered under the regulatory bodies recommended by FSSAI. If the annual turnover is less than 12 lacs p.a. then one has to apply for registration and if the annual turnover is more than 12 lacs per annum then the food business operator has to obtain a license.
The FDA besides maintaining the data of new applications, would also update all existing records in a digital format for their convenience. The new system will help in sending relevant information including important alerts and the renewal licence date reminders to the food business operators.