FSSAI registration is must for selling food products online
6th April 2016Category : E-CommercePublished by :Rahul Verma Reading Time : 2 Minute News Sourced : India
need of assurance in food products available online has pressed government to ensure
FSSAI registration must for e-commerce players in India.
manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure availability of
safe and wholesome food for human consumption.
The govt has made clear to e-tailers that if selling food products that need to register under the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 with the FSSAI.
"These e-commerce players at their platforms are also selling food products or dealing in one or another form of food business. And food and food businesses come under the ambit of FSSAI so they have to just register," said Ashish Bahuguna, Chairman, FSSAI.
The regulator said that without registration it would be "illegal" for these companies to deal in food products or food business and "an appropriate action as per the Food Safety and Standards law could also be explored" for violation.
He also informed that the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had invited these companies and held a meeting in this regard.
In coming days, food specific startups Foodpanda India, Zomato, Swiggy and Peppertap and e-commerce giants like Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon may have to register with the regulator.
Pawan Agarwal, FSSAI, CEO, said, registering with the FSSAI will also be in the interest of e-commerce players.
"By following the regulations of the food safety act, the e-commerce players can ensure the quality of food products or even services to their consumers. And which will help these companies also," he added.
Agarwal said, that there transactions are electronic but if they are selling food products or dealing in food business, then that comes under the FSSAI ambit.
FSSAI has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 that have hitherto handled food related issues.