In reference to the Notification of June 7, 2013, relating to the displaying of FSSAI License number and logo on the food product’s label, the apex body on food safety in India ‘FSSAI’ has issued the guidelines that the label of the food product shall carry FSSAI’s license number and logo. The judgement on the said notification was made on Oct. 31, 2013.
There are some bogus food manufacturers who are selling substandard food items in the market and Food Safety Authority wanted to track the activities of the such food business operators and to ensure the safety of the people. The effective date to comply the latest guideline is July 1, 2014, beyond which the food business operators would be penalized.
The 14 digits license number will keep a strict check on the activities of the FBOs and would further ensure the safety of the consumers. The consumers can now complain to the regulatory bodies on the basis of the license number mentioned on the labels of the food products. For a food business operator who has an annual turnover of more than 12 lacs, is required to obtain a license in order to do business in India. For imported food products, the importer shall display; the FSSAI Logo, his (importer’s) license number along with the name and the address on a sticker to be affixed on the label for the customs clearance.
As per FSSAI’s latest guidelines:
The FSSAI logo and the license number of the brand owner shall be displayed on the label of a food package in the color that is in contrast to the background in case of multiple units (Manufacturer/packer/relabeller/marketer)
The height of the letters and the numeral of license number shall be as prescribed in 2.3.3 as per Food Safety and Standards (Packaging & Labelling) regulation, 2011.
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