NEW DELHI: Only one out of every 15 food businesses in the country is registered with the food safety watchdog Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) despite several extensions of the deadline for obtaining licences, a top official said on Wednesday.
Stating that the whole issue of food safety is becoming increasingly important, FSSAI CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal said the regulator is framing new regulations for more products that would be in place within the next few months.
“In terms of licenses and registrations of food businesses, we still have a very-very long way to go. Only 33 lakh are registered, I am told there are close to 5 crore food businesses in the country. You can see that it has not even reached 10 per cent the mark,” Agarwal said at an Assocham event.
Food business operators cannot operate without obtaining licence from FSSAI. The licensing process was started in August 2011 and thereafter it has been extended many times.