What does Food Safety Regulatory Compliance Services mean?
The regulatory framework has been quickly changing in modern times. Government is taking measures to safeguard human health and the environment. Stringent rules and regulations for food operators has been taken by the government and has also taken specific measures to impose due diligence policies. Food industries are regulated by the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2006, regulatory authority in India. FSSAI guarantees the smooth operation of food companies. The 2006 Food Safety & Standards Act was passed by the government to support the food industry's safety. The Act's sole aim is to control the activity of food retailers, internet sellers, suppliers, distributors, and importers as well.
All entities engaging in food-related activities are necessary by the specified authority to acquire food license. Acquiring a food license focuses on the different factors, such as revenue, company volume and type of activity. In India, it is mandatory to adhere with all the regulations set out in the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, to venture out any type of food enterprise. The regulatory authority maintains that the value of the food is not affected. Feed distributors must insure the food is in no way dangerous for customers.
In order to obtain the food license, the following specified criteria under the rules & regulations of the government are mentioned below:
1. FSSAI Basic registration
Basic registration under FSSAI is required to be obtained by the Food businesses whose turnover is below 12 Lakhs Annually.
2. FSSAI State license
FSSAI State license is required to be obtained by the Food businesses whose turnover is more than 12 lakhs but below 20 crores annually.
3. FSSAI Central license
FSSAI Central license is required to be obtained by the Food businesses whose turnover is more than 20 crores annually.
What services are included in Food Compliance?
- Programs related to development of Food Safety
- External Audit / Internal Auditing preparation
- Training of Staff related to Food Safety and Hygiene procedures
- Products Specifications
- Assistance with non-conformances
- Assurance of quality
- Program related to Approved Supplier
What responsibilities are defined by Food Safety And Standard Authority Of India?
Regulation of the food businesses in order to ensure the provisions of FSSAI Act.
Issues recommendations on food and food replacement issues.
To issue alerts with notifications on general awareness and concerns related to food safety.
4. Mandatory recalls
Notifying food business owners with goods that are tainted, unhealthy and unacceptable to human consumption.
What responsibilities do Food Business Operators possess?
- Schedule 4 compliance;
- Recall planning or traceability.
- Awareness training.
- Voluntary compliance programs.
- Licensing or registration.
- Food Safety Management System (FSMS) plan: It empowers FBOs to exercise better control on all compliance aspects of the product lifecycle in accordance with the business plan.
- Product compliance.
- Annual returns.
Who all are covered under Food Business Operators?
Here is a list of Food Business Operators:
- Packaged Food Manufacturers
- Wholesalers and retailers
- Importers and exporters
- Storage providers
- Hotels, restaurants, canteens and catering services providers in Corporate Companies, Schools, Colleges, Hospitals, Government Institutions
Which Food Items are defined in the Food Safety And Standard Authority Of India?
List of items included in food
- Ayurvedic products
- Foods for special dietary uses and special medical purpose
- Food supplements
What compliances are required under FSSAI?
- Advertising compliance.
- Product and operational compliance with schedule 4 audits:
- Supply chain compliance
- Packaging and labeling compliance
- It is required to obtain food license and to comply with raw material standards
- There is a need to comply with the following compliance
- Other regulatory compliance
What are the risks involved due To Non-compliance with FSSAI Act?
Risk shall be involved in below mentioned cases
- In case of misleading advertisements.
- In case of raw-material non-compliance.
- In case of non-standard packaging, misbranding and labeling defects.
- In case of non-standardized products.
- In case of unfair practices and providing unhealthy food: contaminants, microbes, pesticides, metals etc