The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) has received several complaints that a number of manufacturers of packaged drinking water (PDW) and Mineral water (MW) are manufacturing the products on FSSAI State/Central Licenses without having the BIS Certification which is mandatory for the sale of such products in the country.
FSSAI has drawn reference to its previous order dated 26.03.2021 which directed that FBOs can upload BIS license or copy of letter indicating recording of application for BIS license on FoSCoS portal at the time of applying for new license/or PDW and MW from FSSAI. The apex body of food safety has further directed that after getting the BIS license,, the FBOs should furnish all the required details in online Annual Return available in FoSCoS portal.
Consequently, it has been requested to review the licenses granted for the manufacturing of PDW and MW products under the respective jurisdiction of FBOs and verify whether the said license has furnished the valid BIS Certificate for the same through the FoSCoS portal .
Notably, in the cases where such certificates are not available , FBOs will be notified to furnish the same before the given time. If the FBOs fail to do so in the given time , their licenses may be canceled/suspended as per FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulation, 2011.
The FSSAI has asked to share the actions taken in this matter by 31.05.2022 positively. The decision has been taken by FSSAI with approval of all the Competent Authority.