FSSAI has issued circular to licensing authorities advising not to raise any manufacturer-related queries (or seek manufacturer-related information) on products under Relabeller kind of businesses with valid online [generated from FoSCoS] NOC obtained from the licensed or registered manufacturers. In other words, the scrutiny of application for Relabeller License may be limited only to the information related to Relabeller i.e. without relating to the compliance by the linked manufacturers.
The manufacturers shall anyways be checked for compliance by the concerned Licensing Authorities as per the FSS Act, 2006 and Rules and Regulations made thereunder. Additionally, in order to eliminate any scope for ambiguity, online NOCs issued by Manufacturers to Relabellers will now include the following disclaimer:
“This NOC does not authorize the manufacturer to manufacture the food products unless the mentioned products are endorsed in the manufacturer’s license”.