FSSAI +F Endorsement Certificate

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FSSAI +F Endorsement Certificate

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) vide a circular dated 12.04.2021 has issued Standard Operating Procedure for applying for +F endorsement certificate for Fortified Food products in FoSCoS. To obtain the +F Endorsement Certificate, an FBO needs to endorse the fortified staples via the Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCos) of FSSAI. Post the endorsement, the open file of the +F logo/+F Endorsement Certificate will be available to the FBO for incorporating on the label of fortified products.

Synopsis of Notification

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has notified the Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) First Amendment Regulation 2020 and which will be implemented with effect from 1st July 2021. The regulation provides standards for fortified processed foods

In line with this regulation, the Provision for applying +F Endorsement Certificate of Fortified food products in FSSAI License/Registration in Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCos) has been modified to provide coverage of processed foods.

FBOs need to upload test reports showing levels of fortifications in fortified food products from NABL accredited lab against all food products for +F endorsement certificate.

The official notification pertaining to the +F Endorsement Certificate is attached here for reference:

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+F Endorsement Certificate

The Food Safety And Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) has introduced the +F logo for fortified staple food products which will help people to identify which food products are rich in nutrients.

The manufacturer and packers who wish to procure the logo need to apply to FSSAI online as per Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) First Amendment Regulation 2020. After submission of the information, the verification process would be conducted by FSSAI. Once verified, the logo is an open file format will be provided to the applicant.

FSSAI +F Endorsement Certificate
FSSAI +F Endorsement Certificate

Significance of +F Endorsement Certificate

+F Endorsement Certificate describes that the particular food is fortified with micronutrients as per the levels specified by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) First Amendment Regulation 2020.

Food Fortification

Fortification is the process of addition of key minerals and vitamins like zinc, iron, iodine, Vitamins A and D to foods like oil, milk, rice, salt and wheat to improve their nutritional content.  It is important to have nutritious food and a lack of a balanced diet can cause health issues. The fortification of food helps address this problem. It helps with the diversification of diet and also helps in the supplementation of food.

Importance of Food Fortification

Fortification of staples mentioned under Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) First Amendment Regulation 2020 is not mandatory. However, if any food Business Operators wants to fortify these commodities and use the +F logo, then they shall fortify their products as per the standards specified under the regulation.

The iodization of salt is mandatory as per the provision of Food Safety Standards (Prohibitions and Restriction on sales) Regulation  2018. The standards of any food product under the regulation prescribe for the addition of particular vitamin /minerals as a mandatory requirement of that particular standard, the same shall have complied, but in such cases +F logo shall not be used.

Benefits of +F Endorsement Certificate

  • Logo – All the fortified products have a logo (+F logo) that endorses fortification and quality of the product
  • Cost – Fortification cost is low and the products carry values
  • Health – An opportunity to promote health through which the business transaction can be improved

Food Products Categories

The food products which are covered under the FSS (Fortification of Foods) First Amendment Regulation, 2020 for which endorsement can be obtained is as follows:

Sl.No Food Products Covered under FSS Food Product Category in FoSCoS
1 Milk Dairy Products and analogues, excluding products of food category  2.0
2 Edible Oil Fats and oil, and fat emulsions
3 Fortified Fruit Juices Fruits and vegetables (including mushrooms, and fungi, roots and tubers, fresh pulses and
4 Rice Wheat Flour and Maida, Fortified Cereal Products Cereals and cereal products, derived from cereal grains, from roots and tubers, pulses, legumes and pith or softcore of palm tree
5 Fortified bakery wares Bakery products
6 Salt Salts, spices, soups, salads and protein products

Important Announcement for FBO

  • FBOs need to upload test reports showing levels of fortification in the fortified food product from an FSSAI notified/NABL accredited lab against each product for +F endorsement to substantiate the claim made for fortification.
  • The grant of +F endorsement certificate by the concerned Designated Officer (DO) or Registering Authority (RA) will be based on the verification of the application submitted by FBO.

Validity of +F Endorsement Certificate

To provide ease of doing business, the FSSAI has decided to discontinue the renewal of the +F Endorsement Certificate by the FBOs. The revised validity details of the +F endorsement certificate are as follows:

  • +F Endorsement Certificate is valid till the license (License number) is valid or the product in the license is endorsed.
  • +F Endorsement Certificate is valid till the Registration Certificate (RC number) is valid or the food product category in the registration certificate is endorsed.

Procedure to get the endorsement of fortified food products on license

FSSAI +F Endorsement Certificate - Homepage
FSSAI +F Endorsement Certificate – Homepage
  • After login to the portal, the FBO is required to Navigate to License/Registration and click on “Endorse Fortified Products”
FSSAI +F Endorsement Certificate - Application1
FSSAI +F Endorsement Certificate – Application1
  • Select application type from the drop-down menu as Central registration
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FSSAI +F Endorsement Certificate – Application3
  • Click on “Proceed” against the application for which endorsement is required.
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FSSAI +F Endorsement Certificate – Application4
  • Read the declaration, upload the product test report, click on the checkbox “I Agree” and submit
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FSSAI +F Endorsement Certificate – Application5
  • Select the product for endorsement, update brand name and variants and finally submit the information
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FSSAI +F Endorsement Certificate – Application6
  • FSSAI +F Endorsement Certificate will be generated and the FBO can download the same for future use. Once verified, the logo is an open file format will be provided to the FBO.

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