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E-Commerce License Not Required For State/City Sub-Offices From Now
As per FSSAI“E-commerce” means buying and selling of goods and services over digital and electronic network and “E-commerce FBO” means any Food Business Operator carrying out any of the activities in Section 3(n) of Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006, through the medium of e-commerce. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India have recently extended its scope to the e-commerce business world. This category includes Uber Eats, Swiggy, Grofers, Big basket etc. FSSAI has made it mandatory for every e-commerce FBO to get Central license through online portal for smooth working. To this recently FSSAI has notified that the State/city wise sub-offices of E-commerce FBO’S do not require FSSAI license where no food activity is being carried out. All e-commerce FBOs must maintain the records of their State / city wise sub offices and a copy of the FSSAI License issued to the e-commerce FBOs have to be displayed at a prominent place in the premises of such sub-offices.
E-commerce FBO’s can include:
Platforms orentities which are involved in listing services to all the sellers, manufacturers, restaurants, etc. on their electronic/online platform. Example Zomato.
When manufacturers, producers or sellers themselves display their products or services (catering, processing or packaging) for direct sale to customers. Example: Fresh Menu
Listing and other Information related Guidelines:
E-Commerce FBOs which includes sellers, vendors, manufacturers etc. who are involved in selling pre-packed food to the customers, requires adherence to the following guidelines:
- Display legible and clear the display panel of the product.
- Image of the product that is to be sold via their e-commerce FBO platform.
- FSSAI License or the registration number of E-commerce FBO
- Relevant information regarding product and services
- Every e-commerce FBO shall comply with the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses], Regulations 2011.