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The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a guideline to re-operationalize the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Amendment Regulations 2020 with effect from 27th March, 2021.

The draft of this regulation was published in the November of last year and the comments were under consideration, as stated by the FSSAI.

“Since the finalization of these regulations would take a little more time, it has been planned to re-operationalize FSS (Licensing and Registration) Amendment Regulations 2020 from March 27th 2021,” declares the direction.

The regulation was related to the testing, inspection and appointment of food safety supervisors for food businesses.

Under these norms, the food businesses were requested to maintain a system of control to ensure quality of the production by means of specific plan of testing to abide by the relevant regulations or standards.

These guidelines also specify norms for periodic inspection and audit of the food businesses. Under these directions, the commissioners of food safety shall draw plans for periodic inspection of food businesses in their respective jurisdiction on the basis of risk assessment. Furthermore, as per the regulations, the FSSAI Central Advisory Committee can approve a checklist for the inspection for various kinds of food businesses.

In addition, the food businesses were also asked to obtain hygiene ratings for themselves, which will be different from the audit.

Under these rules, the food businesses should make sure that a food safety supervisor is appointed, who will ensure the proper training of the food handlers engaged in food making of the food product.

The FBOs were appealed to be in accordance with these regulations with immediate effect. However, the enforcement related with these regulations would only be done after the publishing of these regulations in the official Gazette of India.

These regulations were initially operationalized from 27th March to 27th September, 2020.

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