Nagpur: About Rs 2 lakh to FBOs for failing to mention the 14 digit license/registration number issued by FSSAI on their bills, challans, and receipts. Or you can face action with a fine up to that and even cancellation of the permit.
This rule has been implemented in the whole of India from the date of January 1 this year.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Nagpur is all set to launch a drive to ensure implementation of the new guidelines of the Food Standards and Safety Authority of India. Action will be taken against the violators under the Standards and Food Safety Act, 2006.
FDA Assistant Commissioner Abhay Deshpande said that the first violation can result in a fine of up to Rs 2 lakh. Whereas after this the fine amount will be doubled for violation. Then the license/registration can be canceled due to a third violation.
Quite easy to trace
He has said that this rule is enforced on all food business operators. Including manufacturers, distributors, stockists, retailers, and owners of hotels, restaurants, and other outlets that sell food items.
Abhay has also said that the Food Standards and Safety Authority of India had already made license and registration numbers mandatory on food labels, Which was the responsibility of the producers only. Right now the others in the chain will also have to print them on their own invoices and receipts.
He said that the new guidelines will enable consumers to report low-quality products to the authorities. Due to which action can be taken against the culprits. Along with the license/registration number, one can also track distributors, retailers, stockists, manufacturers, and outlet owners with their own location, business, and corporate office address details.
Abhay also said that earlier it was quite easy to trace the manufacturers from the label of the food, But right now anyone from the supply chain can be easily tracked with the 14-digit license/registration number printed on the invoice or bill.