Through a press release the FSSAI has asked entities to resist from using the name FSSAI on their website domain name. This step has been taken as it has been brought to the notice of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) that a number of websites are operating with the domain name comprising the word ‘FSSAI’ along with suffix or affix ‘registration’, ‘license’, etc. Some of such websites are also using the logo of FSSAI.
The FSSAI is a statutory body constituted under the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India Act, 2006. FSSAI has not authorized any entity to register its website with the domain name comprising the word ‘FSSAI’ or to use the Food Authority’s name and logo, or represent FSSAI as such in any manner.
In case food business operators intend to avail the services of any such online websites for registration/ license as food business operators, it is advisable that they carry out a background check on such third-party websites with regard to authenticity or reliability of its services. FSSAI shall not be responsible for loss or damage suffered by the FBO on account of deficiency of services by such a party.
Mr. Pawan Agarwal, IAS, CEO, FSSAI has also appealed to public to exercise care and caution when applying for FSSAI license and registration as a food business operator. They must use only FSSAI’s licensing portal if they wish to apply for registration/ license. In case applicants require any assistance or need help, they may approach the Regional Offices of FSSAI or jurisdictional Designated Officer or Food Safety Officer for guidance, details of which are available at www.fssai.gov.in
The FSSAI has informed the public at large that applications for FSSAI license or registration by the Food Business Operators can only be made at the online Food Licensing and Registration portal of FSSAI by using the link https://foodlicensing.fssai.gov.in/index/aspx/
To assist Food Business Operators, the FSSAI has also launched the Food Safety Mitra Scheme where Digital Mitras are being trained to assist Food Business Operators for filing of online applications for licensing and registration, which will be done at very nominal charges. Details are available at www.fssai.gov.in/mitra. Public is encouraged to use the services of the Food Safety Mitras for any assistance required in this regard.