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Food safety and regulations thereto, in India, are majorly under the purview of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (“Act”) and the regulatory body Food Safety and Standards Authority of India established under the Act. The Act requires all businesses dealing with foods or food manufacturing to be registered under it. For a person to conduct any business relating to foods, they must have an FSSAI license.
A mandatory step for procuring the FSSAI licence is the declaration that a person or legal entity must submit along with their license application. Under this declaration, the applicant is required to declare the following three things-
For getting an FSSAI license, it is important to follow the guidelines for Hygiene and Sanitary Practices as set out under Schedule 4 of the FSSAI. There are two different standards that need to be given special attention to-
1. Location of business: To ensure that the food(s) from the business are being handled with due care and away from contamination, the FSSAI has placed a few restrictions on the location of the business.
2. Hygiene practices:Hygiene standards do not stop with personnel that are in contact with the food but also extends to any equipment and tools that are used in operation.
As mentioned earlier, the FSSAI declaration has to be attached when applying for a license or product approval. The letter can be printed either on plain paper or the letterhead of the company and attached. The letter on submission has to be signed either by-
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