Top Questions of the week answered by FoodSafetyHelpline Experts:
Question: What are the guidelines required for the preparation of Tomato Ketchup?
Answer: The Food Safety & Standards (Food Products Standards & Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 have defined the standards for the Tomato Ketchup. You can read more about it: http://foodsafetyhelpline.com/2013/03/tomato-ketchup-and-tomato-sauce/
You need to apply for the License/Registration of your manufacturing unit under FSS Act, 2006 and there is an online procedure for the same. Once you obtain license/registration then you will have to follow the conditions of the license and the Schedule 4 Requirements.
Question: What is the Difference between License and Registration? What is the fee structure for New License/Registration for a period of 5 years?
Answer: The petty food business operators who have their annual turnover of upto Rs. 12 lacs require registration certificate. The Food Business Operators who have their turnover of more than Rs. 12 lacs have to obtain a license.
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Question: I’m planning to import refined Palm Oil for the First Time. Do I need FSSAI Licence or FSSAI registration is enough? If I need to take FSSAI License, please tell me the procedure. And how long it will take to get License in online?
Answer: For the Import of a food product, Central License is required to be taken from FSSAI. You can apply through the online procedure for licensing: Read more on online procedure
Generally it takes 60 days to obtain a license.
Question: I have procured a manual license which needs to be renewed. The FSSAI team said it needs to be renewed online. I created a login ID but I am unable to renew it since the existing License was done via manual process?
Answer: The online procedure for licensing supports the issue of new licenses as well as the renewals. If you are facing a difficulty then you can call on the helpdesk numbers or can email fssai.gov.in
Question: Please tell if it is mandatory to write customer care number on food label, I have written email address for communication, so it would be okay to just write e-mail id or the phone number will also be necessary.
Answer: Customer care executive no. is also required to be mentioned on the label as per the requirements of legal metrology.
Question: What are the Physical, chemical and microbiological criteria for Instant food mixes?
Question: I am going to start a business on powdered drink. So make me sure about that here fssai product approval is required or licence required?
Answer: If your product is a standardized food product i.e. ingredients including additives are approved and standards are available under FSSR then you can apply for the License. If in case, your product is a non-standardized food product then you have to first apply for Product Approval and then you can apply for the license.