'Obtain license under FSSA before August 5'

'Obtain license under FSSA before August 5'

All those engaged in food business are required to obtain license or renew their existing license on or before August 5, 2012. Non compliance with the provisions of this Act and its rules would conform to offences and attract severe penalties or punishments.

This was informed by CQM Quality Management Private Limited Country Head Ujjwal Kumar during a training programme on ‘Food Safety and Standard Act (FSSA)-2006’ organised by Kanara Chamber for Commerce and Industry, held on Wednesday.

Kumar said that the Act has been implemented on August 5, 2011 and with the implementation of this Act, it becomes obligatory on all food business operators to obtain license under this Act.

He said that the license will be issued within 60 days timeframe and hence it is better for those wanting to get the license send in the application by June 5.

Kumar said that all the stakeholders in the food business chain barring the initial producer and the end user are under the purview of the Act.

Citing example of a chapathi served in a restaurant, he said that barring the farmer who produces the wheat and the consumer who consumes the chapathi, all the rest in the chain such as the person who takes the wheat from the field to the market, the processor etc are covered under the Act.

Acts will be repealed

Kumar said that though the Centre had brought in eight Acts pertaining to food, with the implementation of Food Safety and Standard Act, the past eight Acts will be repealed.

“This Act has included points that were dealt in the previous Act, making this Act having single line of control,” he said adding that primary food, genetically modified foods, infant food, packed commodities including drinking water, caterers, alcohol, chewing gums, water used in preparation of food, food additives etc are included in the Act while animal feeds, live animals, produce of the farmers and fishermen at farmland, plants prior to harvest, drugs and medicinal products etc are excluded from the Act.

Penalty

Under Section 48-67 of the Act, those not conforming to the law or serving sub standard food may have to pay penalty up to Rs five lakhs. Sale of adulterants (non injurious and injurious) may be penalised up to Rs 10 lakhs.

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