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FSSAI dept. has issued detailed FSSAI guidelines for hotels and hence FSSAI license for hotels is mandatory for the type of hotels in India. As per the FSSAI Act, all food business operator has applied for FSSAI License within the prescribed time period. in this article, we will discuss the FSSAI guidelines for hotels.
The food industry is one of the fastest growing industries. The reason behind this is the increasing number of people preferring to dine out due to the changing lifestyles. As a food business operator for hotels, you may apply for FSSAI State license or FSSAI central License subject to fulfillment of terms and condition specified in the FSSAI Act.
The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India has issued a regulation according to which every food business operator in all of the cities across India need to have an FSSAI license to ensure food safety. It is to enforce and maintain the hygiene standards at the hotels and other food outlets. It is imperative for the food business operators to obtain the FSSAI registration and abide by the rules as defined. To acquire a food business operator license, all the restaurants, hotels, cafes, bars, office and schools cafeterias etc. need to comply with stringent guidelines and maintain specific hygiene practice. The food business operators can obtain the registration and license through the FSSAI website.
In the present times, with the advent of the internet, it has become convenient to get information and submit the application without any hassle of going to different desks and authorities to get different approvals. FSSAI provides the opportunity for the food business operators to apply and acquire the License/Registration Online. The FBO can register with and can apply for the FSSAI Central license in case able to meet the requirement of regulator after providing the required details and submitting the mandatory documents online portal. The payment for the application can be paid online. You can also check the status of the application. After the issuance of the license, one can apply for renewal of new licenses, modifications, and request a duplicate license when required. The FSSAI license for hotels can be applied is of two types: Central FSSAI license and State FSSAI license. A Food license is valid for one year only and is required to be renewed before expiration.
FSSAI Act 2006 was incorporated to ensure that the food meets the consumer expectations in terms of quality and substance. It provides the legal powers in relation to consumer interest and public health. The act covers the entire food chain from primary food production to the distribution to retailers and end users. It regulates and specifies the guidelines and quality standards to be maintained for food articles. Also, there are penalties to be charged for carrying out the food business without FSSAI license and selling food with sub-standard quality to the consumers.
The Food Business Operators (FBOs) are required to follow the rules mentioned below:
For all food business operators, it is imperative to employ at least one technical expert to supervise and manage the production process. The person employed must possess a degree or diploma in biochemistry or food technology, or microbiology or food and nutrition or any other discipline.
The food business must be located away from industrial areas that produce smoke, fumes, dust, or contaminated waste as it may contaminate food. Otherwise, appropriate measures must be taken to avoid contamination.
There must be a proper system and separate changing facility for male and female staff. Also, wash basin for washing and drying hands before touching food materials must be provided.
The food establishment must have separate areas for preparing, storing and serving food. The layout of the premises must be facilitated to make the manufacturing process smooth and hassle-free. The premises must be cleaned regularly and must have a proper drainage system.