How to get FSSAI & ISI mark for packaged drinking water plant ?

What is the procedure to get ISI 14543 for packaged drinking water plant?

Q - What is natural mineral water?
Natural mineral water is water from underground sources that is packaged close to the source and meets the specified quality standards without any processing.

Q - What is packaged drinking water?
Packaged drinking water uses water from any source which has to be treated and disinfected, a process that could involve filtration, UV or ozone treatment or reverse osmosis (RO) before it is fit for human consumption.

Q - What are the basic requirements for setting up a packaged drinking water plant?
There are mainly 4 sections in a packaged drinking water plant: water treatment, bottling, quality control (lab) and overall utility.
Generally, a standard 2000 LPH packaged drinking water plant needs:
Total space: 5000 Sq. Ft built up area with 3000 Sq. Ft of covered area
Power: 30 HP
Raw water: Approximately 3000 LPH of raw water of which 70 % will be used and 30 % will be rejected. This is, however, an indicative quantity as it will depend on the TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) of the raw water.
Project cost : Rs. 75 lakh approximately which includes the cost of machinery, utilities, furniture etc

Q - What is the price of mineral water and packaged drinking water?
According to market sources, a litre of packaged drinking water is Rs. 10-12 while natural mineral water starts at about Rs 20 a litre and can go up to Rs 125.

Q - How much of water is used to produce a litre of bottled drinking water?
According to the International Bottled Water Association, it takes on average an estimated 1.39 litres of water to produce a litre of bottled water.

Q - What types of licenses/approvals are required?
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) announced its plan to whip on all the unlicensed packaging drinking water plant companies. A popular news broadcast channel reported that nearly 4000 food business operators dealing which packaged drinking water did not have an FSSAI license.

We, at Bottling India, understand the importance of documents and license needed for a packaged dirking water plant. Therefore our expert team is always on their toes to assist you with any help required. There are many documents right from the SSI (small scale industry) registration that would be required if you plan upon opening a packaged drinking water plant.

Once you have taken the decision to start Packaged Drinking Water Plant, you will need to comply with some government authorities. 

The following licenses/ approvals are to be obtained for setting up a packaged drinking water plant in India:

·        Small scale industries registration
·        ISI certification from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
·        Pollution control certificate
·        Water test report from an authorized laboratory of raw water
·        Pest control certification
·        Certificates from chemist, microbiologist
·        Medical certificates for workers
·        No objection certificate (NOC) from Gram Panchayat, if applicable
·        Registration of trademark ( Brand Name )
·        Documents related to ownership of land/lease of land for setting up the plant
·        Memorandum of association of companies/partnership deed, if applicable.
·        Electrical load sanction
·        Sanction layout plan

Before discussing the importance of license for a packaged drinking water, let’s see what FSSAI is. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is established to exercise the powers granted to, and to perform the functions assigned to, it under the Food Safety and Standards Act. It is called the Food Authority. The Food Authority is a body corporate, having perpetual succession and a seal with power to acquire, hold and dispose of property, both movable and immovable, and to contract and shall, by the said name, sue or be sued. The Head office of FSSAI is located at Delhi and other regional offices are located in other states. Also, we can consult in your Responsibilities, Liability, Food recall procedures with our years of experience. Register with us for FSSAI food license Online.

FSSAI online Food License is under the control of Government of India and Ministry of Health and Family Affair which acts as Fssai license consultant. The FSSAI establishes under the Food Safety and Security Act of 2006 that sets standards for food products based on science and regulates their production, storage, distribution, sales, and also imports to ensure they are safe for consumption.

FSSAI License and Packaged Drinking Water

Pure water is the world’s first foremost medicine. Water is the drinking force of nature. It is the right of every living being on earth. Today clean drinking water is the first and the most important step into lifting communities out of the cycles of illness and poverty. Water is life and today only 3% of water available on earth is apt for consumption out of which most of it is in the frozen form and the remaining is not clean enough. Therefore we need water filtration plants.

A packaged drinking water plant is one where the water is filtered and cleaned and then necessary minerals are added to it before the final packaging. Today more and more people are advancing towards the use of packaged drinking water. This has made package drinking water an evergreen business. However, if you planning to open up a packaged drinking water plant then make sure you have the FSSAI License.

What is FSSAI?

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India ( FSSAI) is an autonomous body working under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. FSSAI was established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 which regulates the Food Safety in India. The Ministry of Health and Family welfare has made easy for the Food Business Operators to obtain the FSSAI License Online.

Online Procedure for getting FSSAI License –

Food Business can apply online for the registration or license through an online application system. Here is the step by step guide which will make things clear to understand –

The first step is to visit the website of FSSAI on your computer, laptop or any other device.
The second step is to click on Sign Up ( For self – Care Portal ) which will appear on the right side of your screen.
Then a sign-up form will appear, fill in all the necessary contact details.
Once the window opens fill your contact details.
Check that the e-mail address and phone numbers you mention are active and in current use.
After filling up the form click on the button Register to complete the sign-up process.
After completing the registering process you will get a confirmation message ” Account successfully Created”. You will also get a sign-up success confirmation message on your mobile as an SMS and via e-mail too.
After this, you will have an online account of FSSAI.
This User ID created will be valid only for 30 days, so make sure you apply within this time span otherwise, ID will be disabled within the 30 days.
This will be the first step to apply for Online Registration/License for FSSAI.
When you are ready to apply for License/Registration go to the website again.
Fill the details in the Online Application Form. It will take some time so be prepared to sit at the computer for a while and have necessary documents loaded on your computer system beforehand like filled and signed Form B.

Important Points to Remember –

Once the online form is filled up completely you have to take a printout of the filled out Online Application Form before you click on ‘submit’
Once you have the print out then click ‘Submit’ tab
Make a note of the reference number that is displayed on the screen once you have submitted the application
You need this reference number to track the progress of your application for Registration or Licensing.
The web-enabled form is available 24X7  so you can apply any time but keep time available as you must complete the whole application process preferably in one sitting so there are no mistakes and it does not go into Incomplete Application tab. 
Remember you have to submit the printout of the filled up Online Application Form to the Regional Authority/State Authority with all supportive documents within 15 days from the date of making the online submission for your application to be considered.

Q - Is the packaged water market in India regulated?
Yes, it is compulsory for all the manufacturers who intend to set up processing units, to obtain the ISI mark from the Bureau of India Standards. Packaged Natural Mineral Water is governed under IS:13428 and Packaged Drinking Water governed under IS:14543.

Q - Can one apply for the ISI mark and commence production?
No. Unless the official inspection of the plant, tests in an independent lab are carried out and official approval with license number is obtained, the unit cannot commence commercial production.

Q - Is having an in-house laboratory compulsory?
Yes, such a lab should be equipped to carry out all physical, chemical and micro biological tests prescribed as per IS:3025, and has to be conducted by expert chemists /micro biologists.

Q - Are there any standards that specify the volume of water that can be packaged?
Yes. As per a notification issued by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs on Feb28, 2001, amending Standards of Weights and Measures [Packaged Commodities] Rules 1977, it is mandatory now for bottled water to be sold only in prescribed standards. These are 100 ml / 150 ml / 200 ml / 250 ml / 300 ml / 330ml [ only in cans ], 500ml / 750 ml / 1 liter / 1.5 liter / 2, 3, 4, 5 liters and thereafter in multiples of 5 liters.

Q - Is it permissible to run a soft drink unit and bottled water unit from the same premises?
No. Since the ingredients to be utilized in soft drink [sugar and flavor] are likely to contaminate the surroundings and equipment, it is neither advisable nor permissible to operate the same units out of one place

Q - Is it safe to consume water packaged in plastic bottles?
The plastic material used to contain naturally sourced bottled waters found on supermarket shelves is made of PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) and is completely safe.

Q -Can I reuse the plastic bottles for storing water?
Single-use plastic water bottles are not designed for re-use. In the interest of hygiene and consumer safety, it is not advisable to re-use single-use bottles for storing water. However, they can be reused for other purposes like planters, drip irrigation etc.

Q - Why does bottled water vary in taste?
Naturally sourced bottled waters have different concentrations of minerals in them, depending on the geology of the land that they come from, which gives each bottled water a unique taste.

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