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FSSAI State License

Small and medium-sized manufacturer, retailer, distributor, marketers, etc. dealing in food relating business has to obtain the FSSAI State License. The food business operator shall have a business in only one state to obtain this license.

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What is FSSAI State License?

Small and medium-sized manufacturer, retailer, distributor, marketers, etc. dealing in food relating business has to obtain the State FSSAI License, it is mandatory for them to obtain the license. State government is responsible for issuing the FSSAI license to the food business operators.

The food business operator shall have a business in only one state to obtain this license. This license applies to all the food units having an annual turnover of INR 12 Lakhs to INR 20 Lakhs that trades within India. This license is valid for five years' tenure with a minimum validity of 1 year.

FSSAI License

FSSAI is an acronym for Food Safety, and Standard Authority of India, it is a supreme body authorized and responsible for regulating and supervising the food safety and food hygiene. This authority issues the FSSAI license to all the food operators doing business in India. FSSAI has issued the standards that have to be met by food operators along with the regulation of manufacturing, storage, sale, import, and distribution process to ensure the food consumed by millions of population is safe, hygiene and wholesome in quality.

The authority has also created the chain of an information network for the awareness of the general public and consumers to get accurate and reliable information relating to food safety, hygiene, and related concern. Different types of FSSAI license issued are:

types of FSSAI license
  • State License
  • Central License
  • Basic Registration

FSSAI State License

A different license is issued based on the scale of operation on which they operate. We will discuss in detail about the state license in brief henceforth.

Importance of State FSSAI License

FSSAI License is needed due to the following reasons:

  • In case the food operator fails to obtain an FSSAI license falls under the proceedings of legal offence and shall be penalized for his ignorance. 
  • FSSAI license is onetime expense valid for one to five years depending upon the requirement of business.
  • State license has to be obtained by every individual who is involved in food operations activities like manufacturing, retailing, transportation, or in any way dealing with food products.
  • Issue of license or registration certificate is governed and regulated by the provisions of Food Safety and Standards Regulations 2011.
  • FSSAI license or registration requirement varies as per the type and nature of the food business.

Benefits of FSSAI License

Food operators enjoy several advantages of obtaining food license:

  • Creating awareness and brand recognition amongst consumers and the public at large
  • FSSAI Logo helps in the process of customer building
  • Food operators having FSSAI License enjoys a vying advantage over their competitors operating in the same market.
  • It ensures the health and hygiene of food safety
  • FSSAI License ensures the business expansion and diversification soon

Eligibility for State FSSAI License

Following are the eligible entities having above stated turnover for applying for state license:

  • Dairy unit processing more than 50000 litres of milk daily or more than 2500 MT of milk solid annually
  • Units engaged in the activity to process or produce vegetable oil of capacity exceeding a minimum of 2 MT daily
  • Slaughtering units
  • Food business engaged in the activity of meat processing, capacity exceeding 500 Kg daily or 150 MT annually
  • The food processing unit engaged in wholesale having a turnover exceeding INR 30 Crore.
  • Food business dealing in retail or distribution having a turnover exceeding INR 20 Crore
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Units engaged in processing plants including re-labellers, re-packers and producing unit up to minimum 2 MT per day.

Documents Required For FSSAI State License

Following documents are required for applying for State Registration:

  • Form duly completed and signed
  • Blueprint or Map Layout of the location where the business is situated
  • Name and contact details of directors
  • List of all the equipment & machinery installed and operating in the unit.
  • List of food category to be manufactured
  • Id proof & address proof of proprietor issued by government
  • Passport size photograph
  • Complete details of the food to be manufactured
  • Letter of authorization including the name & address of the responsible person
  • Address proof of premise such as electricity bill or registry in case of owned premise
  • In case the premise is rented or hired, rent agreement and NOC from the landlord
  • License copy & No objection certificate from the manufacturer
  • Certificate of plan relating to the food safety management system

Government Fee for State FSSAI License

Government fee varies as per the production capacity of the manufacturer:

Fees of INR 5000 is applicable for:

  • producing 1 Metric Ton or more
  • Range of 10000 to 50000 for milk units.
  • Milk unit range from 500 metric ton to 2500 metric ton in a year

Fees of INR 3000 is applicable for:

  • Producing less than 1 Metric Ton
  • Producing milk ranging from 500 to 10000
  • Producing milk of range in between of 2.5 metric ton to 500 metric ton in a year
  • For a hotel of 4 stars and below fees applicable is INR 5000
  • A common fee of INR 2000 applies to every foodservice provider such as hotels, restaurants, canteens, clubs, etc. engaged

The Process to Procure State FSSAI License

Following is the simplified steps for FSSAI license:

  • Submit Form A to food and safety department with complete documents attached thereto
  • Department approves or rejects the application within seven days from the receipt of an application
  • Department will issue a registration certificate if the application is accepted. Department will also provide a registration number along with the photo of the applicant.
  • It is mandatory for FBO to display the certificate of registration at the place of food business unit during the business hours. 

Penalty for Non-Compliance

Sl.No

Particulars

Fine

1

Food quality does not match with the  compliance given in the act

2 Lakh

Petty manufacturer – 25,000/-

2

Sub-standard food

5 Lakh

3

Misbranded Food

3 Lakh

4

Deceptive advertisement or false description

10 Lakh

5

Extraneous matter in food

1 Lakh

6

Failure to comply with Food safety officer direction

2 Lakh

7

Unhygienic processing or manufacture

1 Lakh

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need a Central License for the registered office and a state license for each manufacturing unit in specific states.

Yes. It is necessary for you to obtain a central license from the address mentioned in Import Export Code. For import export FSSAI central license is compulsory.

  • Form duly completed and signed
  • Blueprint or Map Layout of the location where the business is situated
  • Name and contact details of directors
  • List of all the equipment & machinery installed and operating in the unit.
  • List of food category to be manufactured
  • Id proof & address proof of proprietor issued by government
  • Passport size photograph
  • Complete details of the food to be manufactured
  • Letter of authorization including the name & address of the responsible person
  • Address proof of premise such as electricity bill or registry in case of owned premise
  • In case the premise is rented or hired, rent agreement and NOC from the landlord
  • License copy & No objection certificate from the manufacturer
  • Certificate of plan relating to the food safety management system

Yes, it is necessary for both import and export units of food items to obtain FSSAI license.

Yes, FSSAI license is needed for every type of food activity such as manufacturing, trading, distribution and transportation. Thus, you may need a FSSAI license for the activity you are involved in.

All catering units need FSSAI license, even those who are working under central government such as Railways, Airport, Seaport and Defence require FSSAI license.

FBO needs to apply for renew of the license within 30 days from the expiry of license, license cannot be renewed if it not applied within 30days.

In a single FSSAI license you can apply for all kinds of food activities you are involved in at the same premise.

It is necessary for pharmacies or medical stores who are selling Health supplements to obtain FSSAI license.

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| Date: 26 Dec, 2019

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