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Food Safety Initiatives in India

Globally, India is reckoned as one of the largest food producers, a host of appetizing culinary. Yet, it has left a little impact in impressing consumers worldwide, mainly due to sub-standard handling & quality prevailing among a vast majority of Indian Food Business Operators (FBOs), which results into economic loss either wastage or, by way of lower value realization. In a bid to refurbish the image of Indian products, Govt. of India has enhanced its focus on the food quality sector.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 as a statutory body for laying down standards for FBO. As per the latest FSS Regulation 2011, it is mandatory for all FBOs e.g. food processors, manufacturers, distributers, exporters, importers and even retailers to obtain FSSAI license to ensure handling of safe food for human consumption. Nonetheless, such licenses are subject to annual surveillance / renewals. However, those who obtain a valid certificate for any of the international standards from an accredited Certification Body will not normally be required to be re-inspected for renewal of their licenses.

Compliance to an international standard will also help you to:

  • comply with the national standard laid by FSSAI
  • assure customers with your commitment and boost the fame of your products.
  • gain a competitive edge in the marketplace by meeting customer demands.
  • reduce risk of losing business merely for buyer’s negative notion.
  • be eligible for on-product labelling.
  • command potential price premium.
  • greater customer satisfaction.