All Food Business Operators (FBOs) have to comply with the rules, regulations and other provisions, as placed and updated from time to time, by the FSSAI. These are statutory obligations. FSSAI conducts random checks, inspections, and tests of food articles or the process. During the inspection, the Food Safety Official (FSO) or the agency could examine the premises, safety, and quality of the food item or process. As well as the level of hygiene maintenance. He is empowered by the FSSAI to check the working conditions along with the procedures of food handling by the operators, associates, and organization.
Consequently, a level of compliance for the business is ascertained, based upon the provisions of the Food Authority, using a checklist. The Official marks a level for the FBO, using this checklist, as:
Furthermore, the FSO or the inspection agency may issue a Notice for Improvement, explaining the operations, steps or stages, where modifications need to take place. And it mentions a time duration for these changes to be completed by. If the FBO fails to correct these, within the designated time, a Show Cause Notice is given.
This Show Cause Notice provides a hearing date, by which the FBO has to prove why it could not undertake the improvements or changes. The case must be backed by documentary proof. If the documentary evidence is rejected, or the FBO fails to respond to the Improvement Notice, by the hearing date, its FSSAI application or existing certificate will get canceled.