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Central FSSAI License

The authority issue the Food License to that business who is engaged in activities involving food or related products for human consumption and lays down the rules & regulations which has to be adhered to by Food Business Operators in India.

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FSSAI Central License- An Overview

FSSAI is a leading government agency that works for the well-being of the masses by implementing relevant food safety norms. Its ultimate objective is to formulate various guidelines and norms to incentivize food safety awareness in India. Also, this institution keeps a constant tap on entities involved in the supply chain of food, right from production to selling. Consumer awareness is something that FSSAI takes very seriously. And that is why it often rolled out various initiatives and keep the masses informed about substandard and low-quality foods. FSSAI formulates food safety norms and various other guidelines in view of the Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006.

Fundamental Duties and Functions performed by FSSAI
  • Formulating Guidelines and Norms for food safety and hygiene
  • Launching initiatives nationwide to create food safety awareness among the masses
  • Granting mandatory food license and registration to food business operators
  • Facilitating recommendations to GOI in outlining new policies
  • Rolling out directions and guidelines in view of FSS Act, 2006 for the entities operating in the food sector
  • Taking legal actions against food businesses allegedly involved in illicit practices such as food adulteration

What is an FSSAI Central License and who needs it?

FSSAI Central Licence is legal consent granted by FSSAI to the food businesses which have;
  • Annual turnover greater than Rs 20 crores or;
  • Various units running in multiple states or;
  • Monthly or annual production greater than the prescribed threshold limit,
Apart from this basic criteria, FSSAI Central License also encompasses the following:
  • Dairy facilities producing milk solid with an annual production of 50000 liters or 2500 megaton
  • Processing facilities producing vegetable oil with a daily production volume of 2 MT
  • Slaughter facility with a daily capacity of:
1. 50 large animals 2. 150 small animals 3. 1000 poultry birds
  • Meat processing facility having daily production capacity of 50 KG or 150 megatons
  • Food processing facility having a daily production of 2 megaton
  • Food business shipping food article abroad
  • Facilities are having a refrigerator facility or cold storage having a storage capacity of 1000 megatons or more.
  • Wholesalers involved with the food business have a yearly turnover of more than Rs 30 crore
  • Retailers & distributors of food articles having an annual turnover of more than Rs 20 crores
  • A business dealing with catering service or food marketing having a yearly turnover of more than Rs 20 crores
  • Restaurants, eating house having annual turnover of INR 20 Crore
  • Food catering services operating in government-based agencies
  • Food catering services in establishments working under the aegis of government, includes seaport and airport as well

Benefits of FSSAI Central License

  • Improves Business Credibility overtime
  • Allows businesses to a build large customer base
  • Gives competitive advantage by keeping unregistered entities unfunctional.
  • Creates chances for business expansion and growth

Documents Required to Secure Central FSSAI license

Following is the listicle of fundamental documents required to be submitted at the time of application filing for central FSSAI license
  • Form B (duly filled and signed by the applicant)
  • Floor plan of the production or processing facility, reflecting key areas with accurate measurements
  • In case the applicant seeking registration for a company, a complete list of key management personal such as name, residential proof.
  • Copy of MOA, AOA & COI is necessary ( if the license seeker is a private limited company, OPC, and Public limited company)
  • A complete list of partners reflecting their name, contact detail, address, etc, along with a partnership deed copy (In case the license seeker is a partnership firm)
  • List of serving members in a co-operative society (In case the license seeker is a co-operative society)
  • Copy of a trust deed as well as the record of trustees ( if case the license seeker is a registered trust)
  • Utility bills (electricity bill, rent agreement, registry) of the business place for address proof
  • Food Safety Management Plan (FSMS) or identical protocol in place
  • Name & the list of machines present at the plant
  • List of active raw material suppliers
  • No objection certificate accorded by the concerned local authorities
  • Tourism certificate accorded by the ministry of tourism (if the license seeker is a hotel owner)
  • IEC certificate accorded by DGFT (Directorate General of Foreign Trade) (if the license seeker intended to ship food articles abroad)

Step-by-Step Process for Securing Central FSSAI License

Step-1: Application Filing via Form B

First, the license seeker is required to file Form B with the licensing authority. While doing so, the applicant has to keep basic turnover criteria in the mind.

Step-2: Applicant scrutiny by FSSAI’s officials

Once submitted, the application accompanied by requested documents will be sent to the concerned officials for in-depth scrutiny.

Step-3: On-site inspection by FSSAI’s official of the business place

In this step, the FSSAI will send the designated officials to the business place to determine the level of compliance recommended by FSSAI

Any non-conformity in this regard could increase the chances of application cancellation.

Step-4: Approval of application and grant of the application

Once the licensing authority approved the application, the certificate would find its way to the license seeker in a few days. After getting the certification, the business owner can commence their business operation at full throttle.

Note: Displaying the Certificate at the business place is another legal mandate for the license holder.

Validity and the Renewal of Central FSSAI license

The Central FSSAI license comes with a flexible validity duration ranging from 1-5 years. The cost of the license would increase in accordance with the validity period. As far as the renewal is concerned, the central FSSAI license should be renewed before the 30 days of the expiration date, or else the penalties would be levied. The process of renewal for a food license is as simple as applying for the new license. While filing the renewal application, the applicant needs to upload the following documents:

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Frequently Asked Questions

First, you need to file Form B available on the FSSAI’s official portal. During filing, you need to upload some key documents including firm registration, floor plan, and members.

As per the basic criteria set out by FSSAI, a business with an annual turnover of more than 20 crore needs to get this license.

The formal request for such license conversion can be made on the FSSAI’s official portal..

The basic government cost for securing FSSAI Central License has been capped at Rs 7000 for one year.

Food Safety Standards Authority of India.

FSSAI Basic Registration, FSSAI State Licence, and Central FSSAI license

FSSAI Central license can take a time period of 30 days.


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