Food License (FSSAI)

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FSSAI  - Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, is an organization which detects and governs the food business in India. FSSAI is an autonomous body, established under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. FSSAI is established by the provisions of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 which is a consolidating statute in relation of food safety and regulations in India. FSSAI assures the quality of food, by conducting quality checks and curtails the food adulteration. FSSAI lays down all the rules and regulations in India for running of food business. Registration and license of Food Business Operators (FBO) are governed by FSSAI.

It is mandatory to obtain license or FSSAI registration for all food business operators in India. It may include manufacturing units, processing units, storage and distribution units also.

FSSAI is a 14 digit unique registration or license number which needs to be printed on all the packets of food products. Registration procedure is governed by Food Safety & Standards (Licensing and Registration of food Business) Regulations, 2011.

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  • Basic Registration

    Requirements 

    • Annual sales of organization up to 12 lakhs 

    • Trade - In India 

    Procedure of Registration 

    1. File an application under Form A to Food & Safety department of India 

    2. This application may gets accepted or faces rejection by department, in 7 days from the date of application sent. Reason of rejection must be in writing. 

    3. If application is accepted then a certificate of registration will be granted to applicant along with the registration number and photo of applicant.

    4. FBO is under obligation to display the registration certificate in front of all at business place. 

    Requirements 

    • Any person who doesn’t fall under the category of petty food business operator can obtain Central license. 

    • Annual sales of organization above 20 Crores 

    • Trade – worldwide  

    • Manufacturing units must have capacity of 2MT per day

    • Dairy units must sold 50,000 litres per day and 2500MT per annum

    • Vegetable oil processing units must involve more than 2 MT per day

    • Meat processing units must involve in more than 500kg meat per day or 150MT per annum 

    • Wholesaling food products must have turnover more than 30 crores 

    • Retailing involved FBO should have turnover more than 20 crores

    • Distributors involved  should have turnover more than 20 crores

    • Suppliers must have turnover more than 20 crores

  • Documents for Basic Registration

    • Passport size photo 

    • Authority letter

    • Photo Id which is issued by Government Authority 

    • Address proof

    • Food category list

    • Layout plan

    • Equipment list

    • NOC obtained from Municipality 

    • Certification of incorporation 

    • List of all directors or partners 

    • MOA and AOA

    • Test reports of water

    • Import Export code

  • Central License

    Requirements: 

    • Any person who doesn’t fall under the category of petty food business operator can obtain Central license. 

    • Annual sales of organization above 20 Crores 

    • Trade – worldwide  

    • Manufacturing units must have capacity of 2MT per day

    • Dairy units must sold 50,000 litres per day and 2500MT per annum

    • Vegetable oil processing units must involve more than 2 MT per day

    • Meat processing units must involve in more than 500kg meat per day or 150MT per annum 

    • Wholesaling food products must have turnover more than 30 crores 

    • Retailing involved FBO should have turnover more than 20 crores

    • Distributors involved  should have turnover more than 20 crores

    • Suppliers must have turnover more than 20 crores

  • Documents for central license

    • Application under Form-B

    • Plan of processing unit containing  all details 

    • List of directors or partners along with their details 

    • Equipment list 

    • Food category list

    • Authority letter 

    • Test reports of water

    • Sources of raw material

    • Recall plan, if applicable

    • Certificate of Ministry of Commerce for 100 % EOU

    • NOC issued by FSSAI

    • Import Export code issues by DGFT

    • Form IX

    • Ministry of Tourism Certificate

    • Proof of possession of place of establishment 

    • Partnership deed in partnership or  affidavit in proprietorship

    • NOC from manufacturer and municipality or local body

    • Proof of turnover

    • Declaration form 

     

    Documents Required by traders 

    • Passport size photo 

    • Authority letter

    • Photo Id which is issued by Government Authority 

    • List of directors with their details

    • Copy of rental agreement 

    • Partnership deed in partnership or affidavit in proprietorship

    • NOC from manufacturer 

    • Declaration form

    • Food products list

    • Authority letter

    • Certificate of Food safety management system

    • Layout plan

    • Photograph of production unit

    • Proof of turnover

    • Equipment list

    • Test reports of water 

    • Import Export code

  • Procedure For Central license

    1. File an application under Form-B to Licensing Authority.

    2. Application must be filed by Food Business Operator and it should have certain attachments as, self-declaration, affidavit and annexures.

    3. Pay the fees according to the period of obtaining license.

  • State License

    Requirements:

    • Any person who doesn’t fall under the category of petty food business operator can obtain state license. 

    • Annual sales of organization between 12 lakhs to 20 crores  

    • Trade - In India 

    • Manufacturing units must have capacity of 2MT per day

    • Dairy units must sold 50,000 litres per day and 2500MT per annum

    • Vegetable oil processing units must involve more than 2 MT per day

    • Meat processing units must involve in more than 500kg meat per day or 150MT per annum 

    • Wholesaling food products must have turnover more than 30 crores 

    • Retailing involved FBO should have turnover more than 20 crores

    • Distributors involved  should have turnover more than 20 crores

    • Suppliers must have turnover more than 20 crores

  • Documents for state license

    • Application under Form-B 

    • Plan of processing unit containing all details 

    • List of directors or partners along with their details 

    • Equipment list 

    • Food category list

    • Authority letter 

    • Test reports of water

    • Proof of possession of place of establishment 

    • Proof of possession of place of establishment 

    • NOC from manufacturer 

    • Copy of Certificate issued under Coop Act 1861/Multi state Coop Act 2002

    • Certificate of Food safety management system

     

    Documents Required by traders 

    • Passport size photo 

    • Authority letter

    • Photo Id which is issued by Government Authority 

    • List of directors with their details

    • Copy of rental agreement 

    • Partnership deed in partnership or  affidavit in proprietorship

    • NOC from manufacturer 

    • Declaration form

    • Food products list

    • Authority letter

    • Certificate of Food safety management system

    • Layout plan

    • Photograph of production unit

    • Proof of turnover

    • Equipment list

    • Test reports of water 

    • Import Export code 

  • Procedure for State License

    1. Select one out of registration or obtaining license.

    2. Submit all the documents required for registration as per Form-B

    3. Submit the fees accordingly

    4. Cooperate in Inspection process or Audit process 

    5. If authority is satisfied with the results of inspection/ audit process, then license will be granted.

  • Validity of license

    FSSAI license is valid for minimum 1 year and maximum 5 years. After the expiry of validity period license needs to be renewed. Application for renewal must be filed within 30 days of expiry of license.

  • Penalty

    Non-compliance leads to penalty. As every registered person under FSSAI has to comply with rules & regulations under Food safety and Standards Act, 2006. After the inspection conducted by food safety office, he provides marking as:

    Compliance, Non-compliance, Partial compliance and Not observed

    If food safety officer might issue an improvement notice based upon the reports of inspection. If operator fails to comply with this improvement notice his license may be cancelled. Aggrieved person may appeal to State Commissioner of Food Safety. Decision passed by State Commissioner of Food Safety can be challenged by filing appeal to Food safety appellate tribunal/ High Court.

    • Quality of food – 2 lakhs

    • Sub-standard food – 5 lakhs

    • Misbranded food – 3 lakhs

    • Misleading advertisement – 10 lakhs

    • Extraneous matter in food – 1 lakh

    • Non-compliance with directions of Food safety officer – 2 lakh

    • Unhygienic manufacturing – 1 lakh

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