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E-commerce food firms to obtain licence from FSSAI

Update On :21 September 2016

E-commerce food firms to obtain licence from FSSAI

Any e-commerce company selling food products, or dealing in the food business, will need licences from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), if the draft guidelines notified on Tuesday are confirmed.

E-commerce FBOs (food business operators) will have to obtain licence from the Central Licensing Authority for the entire supply chain, i.e. head office/registered office, transportation, storage, distribution, etc, the food safety regulator said on Tuesday.

The regulation, if confirmed, will require online food delivery companies like Swiggy, Zomato and Foodpanda to procure licences from FSSAI. 

E-commerce entities providing listing or directory services to sellers, restaurants, vendors, importers or manufacturers of food products may not be required to obtain licences.

FSSAI has sought comments and suggestions on the draft guidelines from companies operating in the sector. Final regulations will be notified after FSSAI studies the feedback. The draft guidelines notified on Tuesday are based on a discussion that the regulator held on 18 March.

According to the draft guidelines, all companies in the entire supply chain will have to comply with the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 to ensure food safety, and all sellers selling food products through online marketplaces will need licences from FSSAI. The regulator also detailed guidelines on consumer complaint redressal and product recalls.

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