All you need to know about Food Safety Display Boards

Last Updated at: October 23, 2019
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All you need to know about Food Safety Display Boards

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, more popularly known as FSSAI had come out with an order on September 2018, making food display boards mandatory. These display boards were conceived to further consumer awareness and to raise the standard of food sold in India. In recent years, the FSSAI has come out with several reforms within the food regulatory laws as a step towards making food consumption and sales in India more hygienic and efficient. These display boards are just one of the new reforms implemented throughout India to achieve this dream. 

If you are into a food business and not sure what these Safety Display Boards are, then this is for you. 

How did the Food Safety Display Boards come into force?

In February 2018, the FSSAI had declared regulations concerning the functioning of the Food Safety Amendment, wherein one of the Conditions of License is that every restaurant must always place a food safety display board at a noticeable spot within the premises. Since the rule failed to be followed by restaurants even after six months since the regulations came into force, FSSAI had maintained that such places do not comply with their rules. Hence, they had decided to make sure the law is strictly adhered to at all times. 

The display board must also contain their FSSAI registration or license number as a sign of authorisation. The soft copy of the board that is to be displayed can be obtained from FSSAI’s website.  

Post their 10th-anniversary celebrations, the FSSAI has been actively involved in introducing new schemes that are meant to raise the food standards in India. A few examples of changes they have made are:

    • Standardisation of camel milk
    • Removal of  zinc from the list of toxins
    • Standardisation of high salt, sugar, and fat-containing food
    • Special regulations for e-commerce websites 

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Why FSSAI has mandated Food Safety Display Boards 

While FSSAI rules dictate that such a board must be placed, most restaurants have failed to abide by this rule in the past. Hence, after years of deliberation, the FSSAI has decided that they will take this issue up with force. Most restaurants do not make their FSSAI registration number public to their customers. Such a move will help build better customer relations and trust. 

Customers can now enter a hotel knowing that it is one which has been certified by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. This betters the overall customer perceptibility and reinforces food safety within the country.  These boards will serve as informative displays that will help customers understand the various hygiene practices which are followed by the establishment they are eating from. The boards shall also be colour-coded so that it becomes easy to identify the type of establishment and the rules related to it. 

Important things to know

Following are some points you need to remember before setting up your Board:

  1. The FSDB or Food Safety Display Board of  FSSAI Licensed Food Business must be printed on an A3 size board, preferably made out of cardboard. 
  2. FSSAI-registered food businesses must have an FSDB printed on A4 size boards.
  3. It must be displayed at prominent places, such as the entrance, billing counter or reception so that all customers can view it.
  4. Non-compliance beyond 15 October 2018 will lead to severe punishments and repercussions.
  5. The Board must contain the hotel’s FSSAI license or registration number.
  6. The FSDB must be appropriately colour-coded.
  7. Each establishment must only display FSDBs specific to their area of work.
  8. More than one board may be displayed if the establishment is large or if one board will not be sufficient to display the information to all customers.
  9. The establishment should make sure that the board’s content does not get blurred/damaged/ destroyed over time. 
  10. The Company’s Name and details regarding how to give feedback may be added on the lower right-hand side of the board.

Colour-coding for various FSDBs

In order for consumers to easily recognize the type of food business whether it is a restaurant, manufacturing unit, retail store, etc. there are designated colours for each as follows.

  • Manufacturing – Turquoise  
  • Transport/Distribution – Navy Blue
  • Storage unit – Yellow 
  • Liquor Retail – Brown
  • Fruit and Vegetable Retail – Green
  • Meat Retail – Red
  • Milk Retail – Blue
  • Restaurant – Purple
  • Street Food – Purple
  • Retail store – Grey

Elements of Food Safety Display Boards 

  1. FSSAI registration/license number: The customer can verify this number though the FSSAI website if needed.
  2. Hygiene requirements: This helps your consumers understand what the food safety standards and requirements are, thereby helping you to increase the overall standard.
  3. Feedback system: This provides the consumers with different options to give their feedback, via WhatsApp, SMS or even on the FSSAI App.

The feedback system

The feedback loop is an essential feature of the FSDB as it allows customers to voice their opinions. Feedback may be provided via SMS, WhatsApp, SMS or through their FSSAI App. Such feedback will then be directed to an apex body who will then process it to make sure compliance is maintained. Once the input has been processed, it is also shared with the food establishment so that they are able to gauge their performance.

Hygiene rules to be followed

  • The establishment must maintain clean premises and regular pest control measures must be undertaken.
  • Preparation of food must be done through potable water only.
  • Food should be cooked properly.
  • Hot food must be kept above 60 °C and cold food must be kept at 5 °C.
  • Frozen products must be stored below -18 °C. 
  • Veg and non-veg food must be stored separately. Cooked and uncooked food must also be kept in separate containers to prevent contamination.
  • Veg and non-veg food must be cut using separate chopping boards and knives.
  • All staff must wear clean uniforms while handling food.
  • Employees must wash their hands thoroughly after handling food, using the restroom or cleaning.
  • Cuts and other wounds must be covered using a water-proof band-aid.
  • Employees must not handle food items when unwell.
  • Utensils and food preparation areas must be cleaned regularly using clean swipes.

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