FSSAI Product Approval Procedure & Guidelines | Online Application
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are standards and regulations created by FSSAI to ensure the availability of wholesome and safe food for consumption. To ensure the availability of safe food for customers, FSSAI had issued guideline stating that, before introducing any new food products “except standard products” in the market, it is mandatory for the manufacturers to get their food product approved by the FSSAI. Product Approval is a comprehensive validation to make products traded in the Indian markets as per FSSAI regulations. FSSAI maintains the vigilance on each and every new food product been introduced in the market.
With the implementation of FSSAI Regulations, it has become important for FBO’s to obtain a valid FSSAI registration and license for conducting business in the food industry. FBOs also need to obtain the FSSAI food approval before introducing any new product in the market for consumer use.
Been mandatory requirement for launching any food product in market, its critical for all FBO’s to understand the FSSAI product approval process
A standard product is one that contains the ingredients permissible as per FSSAI guidelines. A food product needs FSSAI approval when the ingredients of the product are not stated in the Food Safety and Standard Act and Regulations. Such products need the approval of FSSAI and appropriate authorities before they get introduced to the market. Also, if the product has a health claim like product is good for the heart or liver then the FBO needs to apply for product approval. The NAB-Accredited lab test reports must be provided to validate the claims.
The FBOs must apply for a FSSAI product approval to avoid any hassles going forward
When The FSSAI product approval is required?
- The existing license holder whose product safety valuation has not been performed
- If the safety valuation of the product was not performed earlier
- Introduction of product or ingredient which are new to industry
The food product/ingredients have not been produced or used in any country across the globe
- A proprietary product that requires approval before introducing to the market.
The Process of FSSAI Food Product Approval System
Apply for the Product Approval along with all necessary information and mandatory documents to FSSAI “note:- FSSAI is working on building an advance system to provide product approval through online, website under construction”.
Product labeling – The labeling of the food product must be as per the FSSAI labeling Guidelines.
While applying for the product approval, the FBO must provide the prototype of the product label along with all mandatory documents
Inspection of all the documents
Make the payment of Product Approval fees to FSSAI.
Referral to the scientific panel if required
Details and mandatory information for FBO to Submitted for Product Approval Are
- Business Name
- Business Address
- Product origin
- Country of origin of the product
- Name of the brand
- Claim detail, if any
- Existence in the market
- Generic Name of the food product
- Manufacturer Address
- Phone and Email address
- Type of business
- Manufacturing method of the product
- The shelf life of the food product.
- Size of the package
- Prototype of the label of the food product
- Details of the ingredients in the product
- Serving details
- Real-time stability data sheet
- End Use Declaration Document
- NABL Lab Certificate of product test analysis
- Undertaking and Form 9
Application of FSSAI Food Approval Online
In the present time, FSSAI had made it easy for all FBO’s to apply for the product approval through online. The online product approval procedure is quiet simple and brings complete transparency into the system. Any Food Business Operator can submit and track their application status online. At FSSAI website, anyone can get the required information of the food product approval system and also FSSAI guidelines and documentation details required during the application.
There are many food products which come under the product approval procedure. Steps involved in documentation, submission, and validation in the product approval process need to complete as per FSSAI rules and regulations, any mistaken may lead to cancelation of product approval request .
For that reason, it is important to consult with a professional food consultant who can guide you to acquire food product approval by FSSAI successfully. A professional consultant provides a complete solutions to the FBOs and help them in each step involved in the product approval process like documentation preparation, verification, and submission of an application form to the FSSAI authority.
Food consultants are have the relevant experience and are familiar with the rules, regulations, and provisions of the FSSAI related to the product approval. They make the application process hassle free and provide assistance throughout the application process. Food consultant saves a lot of time and ensure that all the mandatory requisites are fulfilled by FBOs before submitting form to FSSAI for product approval. It’s advisable to avail the services of a professional food consultant as they will manage everything professionally.