In a significant move towards facilitating a more efficient licensing process, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has responded to industry concerns and streamlined the application procedure for Relabellers Kind of Business (KoB). This development comes as a relief to Food Business Operators (FBOs) engaged in the relabelling of food products, addressing a long-standing issue that caused delays in license processing. This change will help them get licenses faster and with less trouble.
What Was the Problem?
Relabeling food products had a difficult time getting licenses. The people who give out licenses would often ask questions about the companies that make the food products. This was a problem, especially when the relabeling businesses already had a special certificate called a ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) from the companies that make the food products. The extra questions about food manufacturers caused licenses to be delayed.
The Solution: Making It Easier
To fix this issue, FSSAI has made some important changes to the way licenses are given to businesses that relabel food products. Now, when a business applies for a relabeling license and asks a food company for a NOC online, FSSAI’s system will check if the food company already has the right to make products of the same type. This is important because the business needs the NOC to show that the food products they are relabeling are safe.
Because of these changes, the people who give out licenses should not ask any more questions about the companies that make the food products if the business has a valid NOC from FSSAI’s system. This means that getting a relabeling license will be faster and easier. The food companies will still be checked for safety by the right authorities, but this will not hold up the relabeling business anymore.
Clear Rules: No Confusion
To make sure everyone understands the rules, NOCs given by food companies to relabeling businesses will now include a special note. It says, “This NOC does not give the food company the right to make these food products unless they are already allowed to in their license.” This clear message means there is no confusion about who can make the food products.
Using Technology to Make Things Faster
FSSAI is also using technology to speed up the process. They have made it possible for the people who give out licenses to compare the changes in applications with what was submitted before. This helps them focus only on the new things the business wants to do, making the process quicker.
In Conclusion: Easier and Faster
These changes by FSSAI make it much easier for businesses that relabel food products to get their licenses. It also helps make sure that the food products are safe. This is a good step forward in making sure everyone can follow the rules and get their licenses without too much trouble. It shows that FSSAI cares about supporting businesses and keeping the public safe, which is good for both businesses and consumers.