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FAQ’s on FSSAI Product Approval
Pending the safety assessment/evaluation, NOC can be extended further after submission of application along with the requisite fee.
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Carbohydrates based and Milk product based, such as Halwa, Mysore Pak, Boondi Ladoo, Jalebi, Khoya Burfi, Peda, Gulab Jamun, Rasogolla and similar milk product based sweets sold by any name
Instant Mixes Powders only of Idli mix, dosa mix, puliyogare mix, pongal mix, Gulab jamoon mix, Jalebi mix, vada mix, Rice and Pulses based Papads, Ready-to-Serve Beverages (tea/coffee based only) are not required to get product approval, provided it contains food additives permitted in Table 2 of Appendix A of Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011.
However, no separate product approval is required for the organic nature of the standardized product or which has otherwise been granted product approval.
Data of use, internationally for 30 years and nationally for 10 years is required for all ingredients which are not traditionally used.
If it is not approved by any of these regulatory bodies, then it will be forwarded to Scientific Panel on Additives for evaluation.
If an NOC has been granted on the basis of a product having different physical/chemical parameters (moisture, ash, pH etc) from those given in the standards for that product under FSSR, how wil the enforcement officer in the field know such details relevant for the grant of NOC? (as Physical/chemical parameters of a product are not mentioned in the NOC)
In case of issues like label declarations, claim, nutritional information etc., the Committee shall review the application with respect to the listing of ingredient(s); nutrient value of any new ingredient(s); claims related to new ingredient(s) for which approval is sought; and impact on food safety.
However, FBO will be required to comply with the other relevant FSSAI Regulations for compliance.
If necessary, the PA Committee may refer to the relevant Scientific Panel(s).
Other applications may be referred to scientific panel for recommendations with relation to safety of the ingredients
In such case, the FBO should recall the product which is in the market, if any.
Further, the units covered under the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) as defined by the Ministry of Commerce are not required to apply for the product approval.
Once the product approval is issued, the same license will be shifted to the concerned state for state licensing, if it qualifies as per the eligibility criteria, else it would continue to be under central licensing.