The FSSAI has issued directions dated 16 August, 2021 regarding Licensing of those Food Business Operators (FBOs) who manufacture / re-pack fresh / surface-treated / minimally processed fruits and vegetables.
In this regard the FSSAI has drawn reference to the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food additives) Regulations 2011, with respect to the Food Category for fresh fruits and vegetables and FSSAI Order dated 28 May, 2020 wherein FSSAI had explained the selection-based approach for Standardized Food Products while applying for FSSAI license (only Manufacturer/Processors).
FSSAI has since received representations from the stake holders stating that due to unavailability of food category mapped with the food products such as fresh fruits and vegetables including minimally processed fruits and vegetables and surface treated fruits and vegetables on FoSCoS, the FBOs are not being able to apply for license under manufacturing/ re-packing Kind of Businesses for these products. On examining the matter, it is found that due to unavailability of standards for these products in FSSR, these products have not been listed in standardized products list along with their respective food categories on FoSCoS.
Therefore, in order to avoid unnecessary hurdle and to facilitate the trade, as an interim measure, the following food categories are being made available for licensing under General Manufacturing Kind of Business on FoSCoS with immediate effect.
Source : FSSAI