May 12, 2021

FSSAI makes BIS certification obligatory for packaged ingesting water corporations

Meals regulator FSSAI on Friday made it obligatory for producers of packaged ingesting water and mineral water to take BIS certification for acquiring license or registration from the authority.

In a letter to Commissioner of Meals Security of all states and Union Territories, the Meals Security and Requirements Authority of India (FSSAI) has given this course, which can come into impact from April 1, 2021.

FSSAI mentioned that as per Part 31 of FSS Act 2008, all Meals Enterprise Operators (FBOs) need to acquire license/ registration earlier than graduation of any meals enterprise.

Additional, Meals Security and Requirements (Prohibition and Restriction on Gross sales) Rules 2011 state that no individual ought to manufacture, promote or exhibit on the market, packaged ingesting water and mineral water besides beneath the Bureau of Indian Requirements (BIS) certification mark, the regulator added.

Nevertheless, FSSAI mentioned it has been reported that a variety of producers of packaged ingesting water and mineral water are in operation with FSSAI license however with out BIS certification mark.

“To make sure compliance with the provision of BIS license by the producers of packaged ingesting water and mineral water, it has been determined to make BIS license/software for BIS license a precondition for issuing FSSAI license,” FSSAI mentioned in its order.

The regulator has laid down the procedures for issuing FSSAI license to packaged ingesting water and mineral water makers.

FBOs must mandatorily add copy of the BIS license or copy of letter indicating recording of software for BIS license, on the time of making use of for brand spanking new license for packaged ingesting water and mineral water from the FSSAI on the web portal.

After acquiring the BIS license, the FBO ought to furnish its particulars in on-line annual return.

BIS license shall be a compulsory doc whereas making use of for renewal of FSSAI license.

“Within the occasion of closure of rejection of software for license by BIS, the FBO ought to inform the involved licensing authority and the FSSAI software/license is liable to be rejected/suspended/ cancelled,” the order mentioned.