Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a statutory body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
The FSSAI has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, which is a consolidating statute related to food safety and regulation in India.
FSSAI is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.
FSSAI registration is mandatory for anyone involved in the food business. Be it food processing, food manufacturing, packaging, distributing, or selling, you need to get an FSSAI registration to run your business.
The registration/license is issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), an institution that monitors food businesses under the guidelines and regulations listed in the FSSAI Act 2006.
Apart from the fact that FSSAI registration is mandatory for your food business, getting it also comes with some benefits:
From hawkers, home vendors to giant food chains everyone operating in the food industry needs to register with FSSAI. Irrespective of whether you are operating online or offline, or whether you are a local player or into the import or export of food products, you need to register with FSSAI.
If your business falls in any one of the below-listed categories, then a food license is mandatory for you:
To put it differently, everybody who works with food substances from farm to plate must have an FSSAI food license.
According to the FSSAI Act, 2006 all food businesses are required to be registered/licensed under the following 3 categories:
FSSAI Registration - Basic
It is the primary kind of registration issued for businesses that are small in turnover – up to ₹12 lakhs approximately per annum.
Catering businesses irrespective of their turnover have to apply for a state license and not a basic FSSAI registration.
FSSAI State License
Companies that have a profit greater than ₹12 lakhs require a state license.
FSSAI Central License
The central registration is for bigger businesses that have a turnover of over ₹20 crores per annum.
Companies that supply food to government offices/departments and businesses involved in food import/export, an online platform, operating franchises, or chains of hotels/restaurants have to get a central license as well.
BASIC DOCUMENTS FOR FSSAI LICENSE:
Documents required for the Central FSSAI License:
Documents required for the State FSSAI License:
A food business operator (FBO) who runs their business without registering under FSSAI may face imprisonment and an FSSAI license penalty of up to ₹5 lakhs for the same.
Homemade food prepared for your own consumption does not require an FSSAI license. Homemade food prepared for the purpose of sale or commercial use requires an FSSAI registration.
The FSSAI license or registration cannot be renewed if it is not applied within 30 days from the expiry of license/registration. Once the license/registration is expired, the FBO has to apply afresh.
FSSAI License/Registration can be applied or renewed for 1 year up to a maximum of 5 years at a time.
FSSAI license is based on premise. All kinds of food business activities which are being carried out at the same premise can be applied for in a single FSSAI license.
A License or registration renewal application can be made as early as 180 days (6 months) in advance.
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