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FSSAI Registration is applicable to all type of packaged drinking water. In recent years the FSSAI Department is more proactive for proper compliance by the FBO in Water packaging business, in this article, we explain about the FSSAI license Compliance on water packaging business.
We know that Water has been and will be the most important part of mankind. Right from evolution to survival, water has been an integral part of nature. It covers around 70 % of the Earth’s surface and approximately 55% to 78% of a human body. Safe Drinking is essential to humans and other living beings, even though it provides no calories or organic nutrients. To function properly, the human body requires between 4-7 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration and for the appropriate functioning of the human body.
Packaged water has also been covered under the FSSAI regulations. The FSSAI, by a notification dated 15 November 2016 has made amendments to standards in the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 related to packaged drinking water under the regulation on ‘Beverages’. These regulations came into force on 1st March 2017. It provided f definition of packaged drinking water. Packaged water is water, other than natural mineral water that is likely to be used for human consumption and that is offered or sold in packaged form, by whatever name it may be called, offered or sold.
However, the manufacturers will need to pay attention to the following FSSAI licensing and standards so as to ensure that it is safe for drinking and does not cause any harm. As per the FSSAI standards:
Also, FSSAI has come up with a project by the name “The Project Clean Drinking Water” with an aim to build the consumer confidence for the packaged drinking water and to strive that consumers have the right to expect that the packaged drinking water/ beverage they purchase should be safe and of high quality. The following is the Logo which is required to be put on the packaged drinking water Bottles/ containers:
It is FSSAI’s promise or assurance regarding the purity of drinking water and that it is safe to consume, as it has been meticulously tested.
The encircling of the fingers symbolizes the complete purity of the packaged water, the blue colour inside depicts cleanliness (free from toxins and contaminants) and that the water is safe for mass consumption.
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Every manufacturer of packaged Drinking water is required to comply with the Microbiological standards for packaged drinking water: According to the standards a 250ml of packaged water must be free of the following microorganisms:
Besides the Microbiological standards, the manufacturer shall also comply with the following parameters specified by FSSAI. These are explained below –
The FSSAI (licensing and registration of food business operators) Regulations, 2011 provides that, it is mandatory to provide a water analyst’s report with respect to the water to be used while applying for State / Central license.
According to Section 2 of the Food Safety and Standards (packaging and labelling) regulations, 2011, the water should be packed in clean, hygienic, colourless, transparent and non-tampered bottles/containers made out of the following materials:
All packaging materials of plastic origin are required to pass the prescribed overall migration and color migration limits. Also, every package of drinking water is required to carry the below-mentioned declarations in capital letters as prescribed in Regulation 2.3.3 of FSSAI (Packaging & Labelling) Regulations, 2011:
The Bottle / Container should also mention the date of manufacturing, the M.R.P, FSSAI License no. of the manufacturer and the marketing agency (if it is marketed by another party) and the expiry date.
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