The food authority has issued a direction for re-operationalisation of Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Amendment Regulations, 2021.

These regulations contain amendments in respect of the Licensing and Registration of E-Commerce food business operator, documents to be enclosed for new application for licence to State/Central Licensing Authority for restaurant, conditions of licence for restaurant, Part-II of Schedule 4 relating to general requirements on hygienic and sanitary practices to be followed by all food business operators applying for licence, Part IV of Schedule 4 relating to establishing a small slaughterhouse, and Part V of Schedule 4 relating to good hygienic and manufacturing practices to be followed by licensed food business operators engaged in catering or food service operations.

According to FSSAI, these regulations were operationalised first with effect from Feb 15, 2018, and subsequently re-operationalised with effect from Aug 16, 2018, Feb 28, 2019, Aug 28, 2019, Feb 16, 2020, Aug 16, 2020, March 19, 2021, Nov 12, 2021, and June 24, 2022.

FSSAI in a statement has said that the said draft amendment regulations were notified on Nov 17, 2020, inviting comments from the stakeholders and are now under the process of finalisation.

“Since, notification of the final amendment regulations is likely to take some time, it has been decided to re-operationalise the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Amendment Regulations, 2021 with effect from Nov 11, 2022, to ensure food safety and fair practices in food business operations”, reads the statement by FSSAI.

The FSSAI statement added that the food business operators shall follow these regulations and the enforcement of these regulations shall commence only after the final regulations are notified in the Gazette of India, except for the amendment in sub-regulations 2.1.9 (related to Modifications, Expansion or Changes in premise(s) after grant of licence or registration) which has already come into effect from March 27, 2020.

Also, the statement added that as far as schedule 4 requirements were concerned, if required, improvement Notice under Section 32 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, may be issued to Food Business Operators and accordingly action may be taken for compliance of these requirements.