Every package should clearly list details such as ingredients, date and place of packing, name and address of manufacturer, marketer, and FSSAI license number.2) Standards of quality prescribed for various food items3) Use , quality, and quantity of various ingredients4) Maintenance of records, filing of returns, and intimations with the authority for any changes in particulars of registration/licenseIf any person or food business operator (except those exempt from licensing under Sub-section (2) of Section 31 of this Act), himself, or by any person on his behalf, who is required to obtain a licence, manufacturers, sells, stores, or distributes or imports any article of food without licence, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, and also with a fine of upto Rs 5 lakh.
If a person, in connection with a requirement or direction under this Act, provides any information or produces any document that the person knows is false or misleading, or if no punishment is specifically provided for any contravention in the regulations, then he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three months and also with fines, which may extend to Rs 2 lakh. More stringent penal provisions exist for selling low-quality food products.So, on one side e-tailers are expected to analyse their business models and accordingly adhere to FSSAI regulations; on the other, the department should not insist on registration/licences for the marketplace model.FSSAI regulations were primarily introduced to ensure good quality food is offered to consumers. Since e-tailers have become a part of our daily shopping lives, and we purchase articles such as grocery, packed food, etc., it is essential to regulate them in the same way as our local food vendors. In fact, food chains like Pizza hut, Dominos who take orders online are already registered with FSSAI.
Now e-tailers have to ensure that vendors, who are selling goods online are registered with FSSAI, so that the concerned department can ensure that food products sold are as per prescribed standards, and that vendors are complying with other applicable rules.Such technology-based companies can ensure compliance by integration of technology and compliance. Visualise an automated compliance management system that identifies the applicable and relevant compliances; assigns the due tasks; tracks and monitors the progress of the pending tasks; and reports the status of all due compliance tasks not only of the e-tailor, but also of the various vendors selling goods on their platform.
This will enable e-tailers to track non-compliant vendors and can restrict them from selling on their platform. Compliance Management tools take the ease of compliance to another level by building a comprehensive library of acts and laws and a complete repository of the required documents.These tools are cost-effective as it does not require any capex on the server or the creation of a library. These tools can be accessed 24X7 from anywhere.If an enterprise is adhering to product-related regulations like Food Safety, BIS, Legal metrologies, etc., then their products are more acceptable and the business is insured against regulatory risks.