FSSAI has been stringent in setting up FBOs and drawing a line between what is apt and what is differing from it. In the same wake, FSSAI released its new notifications of Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2020 stating the disclosure of basic informations about pre-packaged food items on labelling stickers and display board should be assigned to showcase the product details that are being manufactured, processed, stored or beings served, on the premises.
According to the notification, the Food Business Operator (FBO) shall comply with all the provisions of these regulations after one year from the date of their publication in the Official Gazette except chapter-3 (display of information in food service establishments) of these regulations, to which Food Business Operator shall comply by January 1, 2022.
Under these regulations the FSSAI has defined “Assorted pack”, “Best before date”, “Children or child” , “Date of manufacture” , “Date of packaging” , “e-commerce”, “Foods for catering purposes” , “Front of Pack”, “Infant”, “Lot number” or “code number” or “batch number”, “Multi-unit package” , “Non-retail containers” , “Non-vegetarian food”, “Package/container”, “Recommended dietary allowances (RDA)”, “Pre-packaged food”, “Principal display panel”, “Retail pack”, “Use by” or “expiry”, and “Vegetarian food”.
According to the regulations ‘Principal display panel’, means that part of the container/package which is intended or likely to be displayed or presented or shown or examined by the customer under normal and customary conditions of display, sale or purchase of the food article contained therein while ‘Front of pack’, means part of the package that faces forward (in the principal field of vision) and is typically the first thing a consumer will see when they look at the product.
Regulations holds a need of depicting name of the food, list of ingredients, nutritional information, and declaration of vegetarian logo on every food items.
It goes very stringent that Food Safety and Standards Authority of India had earlier made the Food Safety and Standards (packaging and labelling) Regulations, 2011, but now the Food Authority has decided to divide these regulations into two regulations,- (i) the Food Safety and Standards (packaging) Regulations and (ii) the Food Safety and Standards (labelling and display) Regulations.