Nagaland H&FW makes it mandatory for FBOs to get FSSAI license for food establishments

Kohima: Department directs latest FSSAI License/Registration number to be printed on food packaging labels

BY | Friday, 18 August, 2023

In accordance with the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing & Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011, the Health & Family Welfare Department, Nagaland has instructed all Food Business Operators (FBOs) in the state to procure or renew their FSSAI License/Registration Certificate for their food establishments, DIPR stated. This directive applies to both rural and urban areas.

The process can be completed online through the website on or before October 31, 2023.

The department notified that the category of FBOs encompasses stockists of food and dietary supplements, all forms of food or health supplement vendors, home-based manufacturers, hostel mess facilities, office/private canteens, street food vendors, meat and vegetable vendors, manufacturers, distributors/wholesalers, suppliers, retailers, hotels, restaurants, and resorts. Compliance with the FSS Act, Rules & Regulations is mandatory for any form of food business operation.

H&FW mentioned that it has been made aware that certain FBOs are still displaying outdated FSSAI License/Registration numbers, obtained through offline methods, on their food packaging labels. These numbers are no longer valid, it said. It is imperative that the latest FSSAI License/Registration number obtained through online means be printed on their packaging labels and additionally, the labels must include essential information such as the date of manufacture, best-before date, and ingredients, the directive added.

Further, the department stated that operating any type of food business necessitates registration under the Food Safety & Standards Authority (FSS) Act, 2006, as well as obtaining an FSSAI License/Registration certificate. It also said that failure to comply may result in penalties of up to Rs 5 lakh and imprisonment of up to 6 months under section 63 in conjunction with section 31 of the FSS Act, 2006.

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