The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been established under “Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006” which consolidates various acts & orders that have hitherto handled food related issues in various Ministries and Departments. FSSAI has been created for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.
As per new FSSA Rules, 2011 all existing and new Food Business Operators (FBO) has to mandatory convert their existing PFA, FPO, MMPO Licenses to new FSSA License. It is mandatory to obtain FSSAI License before starting of any Food Business. This is applicable to all food units involved into:-
Manufacturing, Processing, Export, Import, Trading, Packing, Distribution, Storage, Transportation, Warehousing, Sales, Re-packing, Re-labelling, Wholesale, Retail, Hotel, Canteen, Dhaba, Restaurant, Club and Resorts or any kind of food business in India. Now with new FSS Rules on Nutraceuticals, Food Supplement, Health Supplements, Food for Special Dietary purpose it is mandatory to obtain FSSAI License for Import, Export, Manufacture, Storage and Distribution of Nutraceutical, Food Supplement & Health Supplement FSSAI License.