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FSSAI License or FSSAI Registration in India is mandatory for starting a food or related business. The FSSAI License is issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority Act,2006. The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India and the State Food Authorities are jointly responsible for implementing the FSSAI rules. The FSSAI is responsible for registering and licensing the Food business operators and also lays the rules and regulation for running any food or related business in India

FSSAI - Food Safety and Standard Authority of India is an autonomous body that is established under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Government of India. FSSAI License is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation.

The FSSAI acts to secure the law for food and relevant business by establishing standards for food to control the manufacturing of food.

Types of FSSAI Licence in India:
1. FSSAI Registration - Basic
It is the primary kind of registration issued for businesses that are small in turnover - up to ₹12 lakhs approximately per annum. Catering businesses irrespective of their turnover have to apply for a state licence and not a basic FSSAI registration.
2. FSSAI State Licence
Companies that have a profit greater than ₹12 lakhs require a state licence.
3. FSSAI Central Licence
The central registration is for bigger businesses that have a turnover of over ₹20 crores per annum. Companies that supply food to government offices/departments and businesses involved in food import/export, an online platform, operating franchises, or chains of hotels/restaurants have to get a central licence as well.

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Benefits of FSSAI License

Here are the main benefits of FSSAI License:

  • It creates trust and credibility among your customers
  • The FSSAI logo is widely recognised and hence it can ensure goodwill among consumers
  • Hygiene and cleanliness are regulated and followed when FSSAI registration is involved
  • You can create better work policies or improve them through studies that you get access to
  • New knowledge about the industry is shared with you which will help you to improve your safety standards and aid you in reaching the standards of international organisations
  • An FSSAI licence is important for importing and exporting food products
  • FSSAI is mandatory when you sell food products online
  • FSSAI is also responsible for setting guidelines and procedures for quality assurance of the accredited labs as per ISO17025.

Checklist for getting a FSSAI License

FSSAI Registration is necessary for all small-scale food businesses. FSSAI registration in India is required for the following businesses:

  • Any Food Business Operator who does not have an annual turnover of less than Rs.20 lakh.
  • A petty retailer who deals with food products.
  • Any person who is manufacturing or selling any food article by himself.
  • Food sale on temporary stalls.
  • Any individual who is distributing food at a religious or social gathering (excluding caterer).
  • Small scale cottage industry in the food business with the following capacity.
    1. Food production capacity (other than milk and meat) - Up to 100 kg/ ltr per day
    2. Procuring handling and collecting milk - Up to 500 ltr per day
    3. Slaughtering - 2 large animals or 10 small animals

Penalties and Offences for Non-compliance
Punishment for carrying a business without the FSSAI License:
In case a person or a food business operator himself who is supposed to obtain the License manufactures, sells, stores or distributes, or imports any article for food without a license then it is a punishable offense with imprisonment for six months and a fine of Rs 5 lakh.

Penalties for False advertisement
Any person who publishes or is a party to the publication of an advertisement that:
1. Falsely describes the food or
2. Is likely to mislead as to the nature or substance or quality of any food or false guarantee then shall be liable to a penalty which can be extended to ten lakh rupees

Documents Required For obtaining FSSAI License

Listed below are the documents and details required for FSSAI Lisense.

  • Photo of Food Business Operator
  • Identity Proof like the Ration Card, Voter ID, PAN Card, driving license, Passport, Aadhar Card, Senior Citizen Card
  • Supporting documents if there are any like the NOC by municipality or panchayat, Health NOC
  • Declaration signed by the authorized person

How to Get your FSSAI License

The most important steps involved in obtaing FSSAI license is stated below:

  • Step 1: FSSAI Registration is done by submitting Form A (an application for registration) or Form B ( application for state and Central License) to the Food and Safety Department or by applying on the FoSCoS portal.
  • Step 2: The application has to be accompanied by the required documents, it has to be submitted to the Food and Safety Department or uploaded online on the FoSCoS Portal while filling the application.
  • Step 3: This application may be accepted or rejected by the department within 7 days from the application and the rejection is intimated to the applicant in writing.
  • Step 4: Suppose is apology is accepted then the department will have to grant a registration certificate with the registration number and the applicant's photo.
  • Step 5: Food Business Operator needs to prominently display the certificate of registration at the principal place of business during business hours.
  • Step 6: All the common documents required for Basic, State, and Central Registration are passport size photos, a photo Id proof.

Why choose for FSSAI Registration

Here is why you should choose for your FSSAI License:

  • FSSAI registration within the smallest time frame
  • Comprehensive help with FSSAI online application filling
  • Guidance on selecting the right food licence type
  • Support through the entire registration procedure
  • Solution to all your questions and concerns

FAQs on FSSAI Registration

FSSAI licenses issued to food businesses are valid for a period of 1 to 5 years.

It is mandatory to apply for licence renewal 30 days before the expiry of the existing licence. Non-renewal of licences can fetch a fine of ₹100 per day until the renewal is done.

The registered office of your company will need a central licence. Your manufacturing units will also need individual state licences for each state they're in.

Yes, you do. You need a central licence registered from the address in the import export code.

Yes, whether you manufacture, distribute, transport or trade food additives, you will need an FSSAI licence to do it.

It is mandatory for all catering establishments, even the railways, defence and airport to get an FSSAI licence.

Perhaps you have a few separate warehouses within one city, then you will need a separate licence for each. If all your warehouses are confined to one campus, however, you can apply for a single licence citing the campus's address

As long as you are involved in any process related to selling food, then yes, you need to get FSSAI registration for your home kitchen.

FSSAI has been created for laying down science-based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

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