FSSAI License Registration - An Overview
FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) is a premier government body that underpins standards for the selling, packaging, or storage of food items in India. To ensure utmost food safety, the FSSAI has mandated every food business operator to secure an applicable food license. FSSAI functions under the aegis of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Government of India. FSSAI outlines various guidelines and standards in accordance with the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
FSSAI Basic Registration generally covers the small FBOs. It is entirely distinct from the FSSAI central and state license. FSSAI Basic registration can be secured electronically by filling the FSSAI registration form on an electronic system known as Food Licensing & Registration System (FLRS).
FLRS also enables the applicant to track the submitted application during the processing stage. Almost, 35 States/Union Territories have been granted a license/registration certification electronically. The FSSAI license is usually granted for a timeframe ranging from 1-5 years. The license holder should renew their certification before thirty days of the expiration date via the FLRS portal.
Key Functions performed by FSSAI in India
FSAAI has underpinned a stringent operating framework for proprietary food units as most of them operate without any regulations. The authority has not allowed these entities to function without legal consent. It is vital for entities in the food sector regardless of their scope of operation and annual turnover to register with FSSAI.
Potential Benefits of Securing an FSSAI License Registration
Despite being a legal compulsion the FSSAI Basic Registration renders dozens of benefits to the Food business operators. The common benefits of securing FSSAI Basic Registration include
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Who are mandatory to secure the FSSAI Basic Registration?
The FSSAI basic registration is mandatory for small businesses generating turnover fewer than Rs.12 lakhs/annum. Apart from this fundamental criterion, the following businesses are also mandatory to secure this registration.
|Items / Dealers||Capacity|
|Food capacity (Milk & milk products, meat & meat products are not allowed)||Less than 100 kg/ltr per day|
|Milk||500 litres per day|
|Milk solids||2.5 Metric Ton (MT) per annum|
|Vegetable oil or the process||Turnover of up to 100 kg or ltr per day.|
|Meat processing production||More than 100 kgs per day or 30 MT per day.|
|Slaughtering capacity||Less than 2 large animals or 10 small animals or 50 poultry birds per day.|
|Food units other than the above mentioned||100 ltr/Kg per day.|
|Cold storage||Turnover of up to Rs.12 lakhs per annum.|
|Wholesalers||The yearly turnover of up to Rs.12 lakhs.|
|Retailers||The yearly turnover of up to Rs.12 lakhs|
|Distributors||The yearly turnover of up to Rs.12 lakhs.|
|Suppliers||The yearly turnover of up to Rs.12 lakhs.|
|Dhaba owners||Rs.12 lakhs turnover per annum.|
|Clubs/Canteen||Rs.12 lakhs turnover per annum.|
|Hotels/Restaurant||Rs.12 lakhs turnover per annum.|
|Transporters||Rs.12 lakhs turnover per annum.|
Fundamental Documentations required to Secure FSSAI Basic Registration:
Procedure for applying for FSSAI Basic Registration
If registration is not accorded or revoked, or inspection does not take place within 7 days cited in above sub-regulation (3) or no decision is communicated within thirty days timeframe as cited in the above sub-regulation (4), the business owner may commence its business undertaking, provided that it will be incumbent on the FBOs to meet any improvement directed by the RA even later.
Provided that registration shall not be refused without giving the applicant an opportunity of being heard and for reasons to be recorded in writing.
Penalties for not complying with FSSAI’s Guidelines
If an FBO is found guilty of undertaking business activities without a valid FSSAI license, he/she may confront the jail term for a specified timeframe along with a monetary fine of up to 5 lakhs.FSS Act encloses the given penal provisions against the actions that are punishable offenses:
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