FSSAI issues draft guidelines for direct selling FBOs


Food regulator FSSAI today issued a draft guidelines for direct selling companies engaged in food business, proposing mandatory licenses from either central or state authority, besides spelling out mechanisms for consumer grievance redressal and product recalls.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has sought comments from stakeholders by February 2 on its “draft guidelines for operations of direct selling food business operators (FBOs)”.

In its first guidelines for direct selling FBOs to ensuring food safety, FSSAI said: “…It is necessary to address all ways in which food is supplied to consumers, including sale of food by direct selling companies.”

Stating that food supplied through direct selling must meet same requirements as food sold in shops, the regulator said: “It is necessary to ensure that direct selling FBOs should have mechanism to help the general public to address the issues to consume, safe and wholesome food supplied through…

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