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Online FSSAI License in India – An Overview

FSSAI stands for the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, responsible for the issuance of food licenses to food business operators. It is the apex body incorporated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Government of India is accountable for setting up standards for selling, packaging or storage of food items in India. Additionally, it was set up under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

FSSAI License

It is essential for food business operators like manufacturers, traders, and food store owners to obtain the license of FSSAI. Furthermore, there are two types of food licenses depending on the size or scale of the food business, namely, FSSAI License and FSSAI Registration. FSSAI License is further divided into two parts.

Types FSSAI License in India

Types of Food Safety License

All businesses involved in the food sector must apply for a food license. The type of Food Safety License you need to run food business depends on factors like turnover of the business, the scale of business and the kind of activity you are indulged in.

Basically, there are two types of food Safety License. One is the FSSAI Registration, and the other is the FSSAI License. But, how do you determine, which one of them is right for you?

Let’s dig in deeper to know more about food licenses:

  • Basic FSSAI Registration

    Basic FSSAI Registration is required by petty food business operators. The turnover of such business should not be more than Rs. 12 lakhs per annum. A petty retailer, hawker, itinerant vendor or temporary stallholders are examples of this category.

  • FSSAI State License

    A business that has a turnover of Rs. 12 Lac to Rs. 20 Cr. is eligible for the state food license. Additionally, the turnover limit is the same for an FSSAI State trading license or an FSSAI State Manufacturing license.

  • Central FSSAI License

    This license is for food businesses having a turnover exceeding Rs. 20 Crore. Manufacturing, Trading and Storage units beyond specified limits are some of the examples of FBOs that come under the category of obtaining this license.

Why Do You Need a Food License?

The point of obtaining a food license is to make sure that the food products packed, sold or traded by Food Business Operators stick to the quality standards prescribed by the FSSAI. The ultimate goal of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, therefore, is to reduce the chances of substandard products, food adulteration and improve the accountability of manufacturers by issuing them a food license for food service.

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Documents Required For FSSAI Registration

Given below is the list of documents you would require for the issuance of your food license:

  • Completed and signed Form B
  • Photo identity proof of food business operator
  • A copy of proof of possession of premise such as rent agreement
  • MOA, AOA, Partnership deed, etc. - depending on the type of entity
  • List of food products involved
  • Plan of food safety management system

Documents for Central FSSAI License

  • Duly signed and completed Form B
  • Blueprint of unit
  • List of machinery and equipment used in the unit
  • A list of partners, directors, proprietors, etc. depending on the type of entity
  • Complete list of food items to be dealt with
  • Sources of various raw materials
  • Form IX
  • Certificate from Ministry of Tourism
  • Certificate from Ministry of Commerce for 100% EOU
  • Rent agreement or any other proof of possession of the premise
  • Authority Letter
  • PA/ NOC document granted by FSSAI
  • Manufacturer’s NOC and a copy of the license
  • Declaration Form

Documents for FSSAI State License

  • Duly signed and completed Form B
  • Blueprint of unit
  • List of machinery and equipment used in the unit
  • A list of partners, directors, proprietors, etc. depending on the type of entity
  • Complete list of food items to be dealt with
  • Authority Letter
  • Rent agreement or any other proof of possession of the premise
  • Food Safety Management System Certificate
  • Any other required document

Additional documents for Manufacturers

  • The blueprint of the layout of the processing unit
  • A list of all machinery or equipment
  • A list of the categories of food that is to be manufactured
  • Report on the water for pesticide residues

Steps for Obtaining the FSSAI License

  • Basic registration

    After your documents have been verified by the regulatory body, comes the login creation stage, and when your login ID is created, we will send you a duly filled Form A for approval. Furthermore, when you send us your approval, we will process your application. Finally, we will submit your application along with the prescribed fees. Your license will be issued within ten to fifteen days, depending on the location of your business.

  • State License

    After your documents have been verified by the regulatory body, we will create your login ID. For obtaining a State License, an additional document called the ‘Declaration’ is required to be submitted along with the prescribed Form. Moreover, the ‘Declaration’ contains the signed general declaration statement of the client along with prescribed Form 9, Declaration of Food Safety Management System {FSMS} and declaration depending on the kind of business carried on by the client.

    Then, Form B is filed by us along with the required documents. You will receive your license within twenty to thirty days, depending on the location of the business.

    However, in case your application contains any error or any other problem, you have to get it corrected, and the application must be filed within thirty days. Otherwise, your application will get rejected, and you have to repeat all the steps from the initial stage.

  • Central License

    The procedure to obtain a Central License is almost similar to that of obtaining a State License. The difference is only because of the kind of business carried out by the FBO. Additionally, the time taken for the issuance of the Central License is also the same.

    In case your entity is involved in import or export of food items, then you need an IEC, i.e. Import Export Code irrespective of the turnover of your business. Similarly, if you are involved in a business of transportation of food items from one source to another, then you would require a central license, in which it should be specified that the FBO is involved in the business of transporting food items.

What is the FSSAI License Fee?

In Practice, there are two kinds of FSSAI license Fees that need to be paid for getting the Food License. The first one is the government fees, and the other one is the professional fees that you need to pay.

Application type

Fee for one year

Central License

State license

Registration

New Application

Rs. 7500

Depends on the scale of business

Rs. 100

Renewal of Application

Rs. 7500

Depends on the scale of business

Rs. 100

Modification of License/Certificate

Rs. 7500

Depends on the scale of business

Rs. 100

Duplicate License/Certificate

10% of the Applicable Fee

10% of the Applicable Fee

10% of the Applicable Fee

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Is There Any Exemption on Obtaining The Food License?

The provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act do not apply to the following group of food business operators;

  • A petty manufacturer, manufacturing food items at home for business purpose
  • Petty retailer
  • Hawker
  • Itinerant vendor
  • Temporary stall owner
  • Small scale or cottage FBO/ tiny FBO

Consequences of Not Obtaining a Food License

It is a must to obtain a food license for all food-related businesses. The consequences of not holding a valid food license are as follows:

  • An FFSAI Logo is helpful to increase the credibility of the food items sold, distributed or stored by your entity. However, without valid registration, you would not be able to use the FSSAI Logo on your food products.
  • You might face some difficulties obtaining credit for your food business. This is because most investors, banks, and lenders prefer a certificate holding borrower over borrowers not holding the FSSAI License while issuing credit.
  • Not holding a relevant FSSAI License can result in loss of opportunities for applying for tenders or events held by the government, etc.
  • You experience a lack of trust from your target consumers.
  • Also, you become liable for a penalty which may extend to five lakh rupees or a jail term up to six months for carrying out a food business without holding a valid certificate of registration.

Penalty for Not Obtaining a Food License

All FBOs excluding the exempted group under Section 31 (2) of the FSS Act need to obtain a food license according to their eligibility criteria to carry on their food business. On the other hand, FBOs not holding a food license is liable for penalty as specified below:

  • Quality of food not in-compliance with the Act: Rs. 2 Lakhs, Rs. 25 thousand for petty manufacturers
  • Misbranded food items: Rs. 5 Lakhs
  • Substandard food products: Rs. 3 Lakhs
  • Misleading advertisement/ false description Rs. 10 Lakhs
  • Extraneous matters in the food item: Rs. 1 Lakh
  • Failing to comply with the food safety offer's directions: Rs. 2 Lakhs
  • Using unhygienic ways of processing or manufacturing food products: Rs. 1 Lakh

Renewal of FSSAI License

All food businesses operate under the rules and regulations define under FSSAI Act 2006. Obtaining FSSAI license is must for every food business operator. Though, majority of population don’t know that getting FSSAI License renewal is equally important as that of getting FSSAI license. It is necessary to get FSSAI license renewal done within stipulated time period. Whether you are a processing unit or manufacturing unit or food packaging or distributing unit as an entrepreneur it is essential for you to obtain FSSAI license along with its renewal in every 1-5 years.

Decoding 14 Digit FSSAI License Number

FSSAI license number is a 14-digit number issued to registered Food Business Operators (FBOs); it consists of five sections, each of them providing different information about the food business operator. The introductory information is given on the package of the food product along with the FSSAI logo.

Frequently Asked Questions

An FSSAI License can be renewed 30 days before the initial license expires. For this, our team would require your current license number. We will re-fill the Form A and B in order to renew your license. It takes about 30-40 days for license renewal. The fee charged by the government is the same for both, issuing a new license and for renewing an expired one.

A Central license will be applicable for your business for the registered office of your company and separate state licenses would be required for your manufacturing units in particular states.

Yes, a central license is required for your business from the address in the import-export code. The FSSAI license is mandatory for importing or exporting food items.

Yes, you need to get the FSSAI central license for the export unit as it is mandatory for both exporting and importing good products.

Yes, an FSSAI license is required for all kinds of food-related businesses including trading, manufacturing, transportation or distribution.

Yes, all catering establishments need to get a license from the FSSAI even the ones which are under the central government such as the airport or the railways. Most of the time, they are required to get the central license.

If the location of the warehouses is different, even if they are in the same city, they all require different licenses for each.

The process of getting a license for a restaurant or a catering service is similar to getting any other license.

Section 48 of the FSSAI contains the information of all the offences and penalties and penalties are given under sections 49- 67 of the Act.

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