Fruits Product Order Certification (FPO Certification)
Fruits Product Order Certification – FPO Mark is a third party assurance as to the quality of manufactured products and guarantees that the products are manufactured in a healthy and hygienic condition. It ensures that products manufactured conforms to the standards prescribed by Ministry of Food processing Industry as to the quality and conditions thus is fit for human consumption.
Fruit Products Order Mark (FPO Mark) is a mandatory certification mark for all processed and packaged fruits in India. Ministry of Food processing Industry is a regulatory authority which certifies and develop standards for the manufacturing fruit products in India. The name FPO mark is coined from the Act Fruit Products Order which has been in force since 1955 but it became a mandatory certification only in 2006 after notification of Food Safety and Standard Act on 24.08.2016.
Since then The Government of India has made endeavours to publicised the need and mandatory requirement of FPO Mark by the manufactures of Fruit products through various campaigns and advertisements. Now, all the manufacturer and processor of fruit products must have FPO certificate/ license to carry on business in India.
Fruit product is well defined under the Fruit Products Order Act ,1955 it includes the followings:
- Synthetic beverages, Syrups and sharbat
- Vinegar whether brewed or Synthetic
- Dehydrated fruits and vegetables
- Squashes, crushes, cordials, barley water, barrelled juice and all other beverages containing fruit juice or fruit pulp, fruit nectar
- Jam, jellies and marmalades
- Tomato products, ketchup and sauces
- Preserved, candied and crystallised fruits and peels
- Canned and bottled fruits, juices, pulps and vegetables
- Frozen Fruit and vegetables
- Sweetened aerated water with or without fruit juices and pulp
- Fruit cereal Flakes
- Any other item of Fruit and vegetables not specified
Every manufacturer of fruit products to whom FPO license is granted has to abide by the terms and condition of license. The license lays down the guideline for sanitation and hygiene of the premises its surrounding and personnel and works engaged in the manufacturing process. It set out directives for equipment, machinery, vessel, container, water used in manufacturing process as well as prescribe the standards and limits of additive and preservatives used in fruit products. Any failure to comply with the terms and condition of shall amount to contravention of the provision of this act which may lead to cancellation of license. A FPO license once issued is valid for the period specified in it. The application for renewal of license must be made at least a month before the expiry of license.
Every establishment carrying on manufacturing of fruit product even of same manufacture requires a FPO license for each of premises separately. A common license for the place of the head office or registered office of the business will be issued to be used on the labels of the products. An establishment to be eligible has to meet the various standards prescribed by the authorities and the products must qualify the test carried on by the laboratories authorised in this regard. FPO certification is an online process which will require proper documentation and filing. As it require a comprehensive planning we at Setindiabiz can help you in FPO certification.