BIS and AGMARK

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These are a few other closely related food laws that have been made mandatory even after a license or registration under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. These laws exist via Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulation 2011 for some products.

BIS

BIS i.e., Bureau of Indian Standards is the National Standard Body of India established under the BIS Act 1986 for the harmonious development of the activities of standardization, marking, and quality certification of goods and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The Bureau of Indian Standards works under the aegis of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India.

BIS has published two Indian Standards for packaged Drinking water namely IS-13428 for packaged Natural Mineral Water and IS-14543 for Packaged Drinking Water (Other than packaged Natural Mineral Water). Both the products are under mandatory certification.

It is mandatory for the Food Business Operators to print the BIS logo along with the license number on the primary packaging material along with the FSSAI logo and FSSAI license/registration number.

The ISI mark is a standards-compliance mark for industrial products which certifies that a product conforms to an Indian Standard (IS) developed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the National Standard Body of India.

AGMARK

AGMARK is a certification mark employed on agricultural products in India, assuring that they conform to a set of standards approved by the directorate of marketing and inspection, an agency of the government of India. The AGMARK is legally enforced in India by the Agricultural Produce (Grading and Marking) Act of 1937 (and amended in 1986). The present AGMARK standards cover quality guidelines for 213 different commodities spanning a variety of pulses, cereals, essential oils, vegetable oils, fruits and vegetables, ghee, whole spices, ground spices, ghee, butter, vegetable oils, mustard oil, honey, food grains (wheat)/ wheat products (atta, suii, and Maida), gram flour, soya bean seed, benoal gram, ginger, oil cake, essential oil, oils and fats, animal casings, meat and food products and semi-processed products like vermicelli.

AGMARK is a Quality Certification Mark as a third-party guarantee to certified quality, which assures that the products conform to the standards laid down by the government of India is called Agmark certification. It is basically a voluntary certification for various agricultural food products but for some products, it has been made compulsory vide Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulation 2011.

AGMARK certification assures that the product containing the Agmark is good in terms of quality and produced in hygienic condition thereby fit for human consumption. It is useful both for consumers and producers, marketers and traders. Food products where AGMARK has been made mandatory, along with a license or registration under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. The products are enlisted below:

Sl. No.Products
1Blended Edible Vegetable Oils
2Fat Spread

It is mandatory for the Food Business Operators to print the AGMARK logo along with the certification number on the primary packaging material along with the FSSAI logo and FSSAI license/registration number on food items where AGMARK certification is mandatory.

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