FSSAI instructs mandatory product testing twice a year

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As per the existing condition of License No.12 under FSS (Licensing & Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011 which states “Ensure testing of relevant chemical and/or microbiological contaminants in food products in accordance with these regulations as frequently as required on the basis of historical data and risk assessment to ensure production and delivery of safe food through own or NABL accredited /FSSAI notified labs at least once in six months.”

It has been clarified that the testing of food products shall be carried out by the manufacturers on the basis of the Financial Year i.e. first half year from April to September and second half year from October to March. It is further clarified that those food business operators who get their new licenses issued in the last months of the respective half-year i.e. in the month of September and March shall be exempted from mandatory testing for that preceding and ending half year period. Further provided that the gap between two mandatory testing of the same food product shall not be less than 3 months.

Click here to view Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011.
Click here to view Clarification regarding frequency of mandatory products testing under condition of license 12 of FSS (licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011
Click here to view Standard Specifications for setting up a Basic Functional Food Analysis Laboratory
Click here to view Technical Specifications of Equipment for Model Basic Food Testing Laboratory

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