Food Safety & Stds Regulations mandate displaying licenses on premises

Under the existing provisions of the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011, it is mandatory to display the true copy of the license at a prominent place at all times within the premises where the food business operator (FBO) carries on the food business.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has come out with a revamped Food Safety Display Board (FSDB), covering such information as (i) the FSSAI registration/license number, which the customer can verify on the regulator’s website, (ii) basic food hygiene and safety tips to inform the customers and the food handlers about the important food safety and hygiene requirements, (iii) a food safety declaration indicating that the restaurant abides by regulations under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, (iv) a consumer feedback system informing the consumer about various options for sending feedback to FSSAI through WhatsApp, SMS or giving feedback on the FSSAI app.

These FSDBs have a holistic 360-degree approach, wherein consumers can know about safe food practices; food handlers can know about the good manufacturing practices (GMPs) to be followed, and the regulatory staff can know about the inspection check points, thus covering the gap.

FSDBs have till now been prepared for six sectors, namely restaurants, street food, milk retail, meat retail, food retail and fruit and vegetable retail. Presently, these FSDBs are being displayed voluntarily by 14 major and a few minor FBOs across their chains, covering around 2,000 outlets across India.

This was stated by Anupriya Patel, minister of state, health and family welfare, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.


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