Food products manufactured and sold in India will now have to bear the logo and registration or licence number of the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI).

Every food business operator must obtain a 14-digit registration or a licence number which must be printed on food packages.

The move will help consumers know if the product has undergone quality checks and bring down the instances of substandard products, reduce the number of bogus manufacturers and enhance accountability among food manufacturers. The deadline for complying with the provisions is July 1, 2014.

According to the Food Safety and Standards Act India (FSSAI) 2006, every food manufacturer should get a licence from the Food and Drug Authority or an authority connected to FSSAI. If the food manufacturer has an annual income of less than Rs 12 lakh, a process of registration is enough. The centralised act has been implemented to promote safe food across the country. The act came into force in August 2011.

“As per the union government’s notification and the amendment of the Food Safety and Standards (packaging and labelling) Amendment Regulation, 2013, it is necessary to print an FSSAI licence/registration number and FSSAI logo on the packaging of food products. This notification would help the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) track manufacturers who do not have FSSAI licences/registration.

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