All about FSSAI license Registration in India!
In order to live a healthy life it is important for every living being to consume safe to eat and healthy food. How can ensure that the food you consume is healthy and hygienic? There are millions of food business operators offering the food items. It is practically not possible for the consumer to check each food item he is purchasing. Thus, there is need to regulate the activities of food related business in India and ensure that they operating in fair manner considering the basic food standards. In order to regulate the activities of Food-related business units the Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006 was introduced by the Food Standards and Safety Authority of India (FSSAI). Now every food operating business in India including the food manufacturing or processing or packaging or distributing entity is now required to obtain an FSSAI License or Registration. After obtaining the food this entities are required to print their FSSAI number on the food packages they are selling. In this blog we will understand standing the various aspects of Fssai License/ registrations to help you in getting the better understanding.
What is Fssai License/ Registration?
Food License/ Registration is granted by the Food Standards and safety Authority of India to all the business entities who it believes is abiding by the safety standards subscribed by the FSSAI act. FSSAI issues a 16 digit FSSAI number that is mandatorily required to be there on every food package sold by the FBO. The main aim of this act is to improve and maintain the hygiene and quality of food supplied to the consumers in the market. This Food license can be obtained by making an application in the prescribed format.
Types of Food Registration?
There are millions of food operating businesses in India of multiple sizes and activities. Based on the turnover, scale of business and the type of activity the food business can obtain FSSAI registration or FSSAI license for themselves. Following are the criteria specified in rules in this regard-
FSSAI Basic registration
Where the annual turnover of the business unit does not exceeds Rs.12 lakhs it can obtain the basic FSSAI registration only. This registration is applicable on even the very small scale enterprise like a roadside stall, small restaurants, food vans etc. However, Basic registration can be upgraded to state license as the sales graph of business increases.
FSSAI State license
FSSAI state license must be obtained by the mid-sized companies which have annual turnover between Rs.12-20 crores. This state license is issued by the authority of the particular state like for the state license in Maharashtra the relevant state authority will issue the license.
FSSAI Central license
Every food business supplying his food items at the government offices or import / export food products is mandatorily required to obtain this license. Moreover, the large businesses with annual turnover above Rs.20 crores are also required to acquire this license. Further the food operators who have business in more than one state are required to obtain this license for their head office.
Benefits of FSSAI Registration
- Awareness amongst consumers
- Business credibility
- Avail the benefit of FSSAI logo
- Assist in business expansion
The requirement depends upon the type of FSSAI license/ registration the applicant desires to obtain. Here we are giving the list of general documents that will be required in all of the three kind of food license –
- Photo Identity of Promoters of the Food Business
- Declaration Form
- Authority Letter
- Proof of possession of premises (Rental Agreement / Utility Bill)
- Partnership Deed / Certificate of Incorporation / Articles of Association / Memorandum of Association
- List of food products manufactures or processed or stored
- Food safety management system plan
- Signed and Completed Form-B
The validity of the food license depends upon the number of years chosen at the time of making the application. The maximum years for which this license can be obtained is 5 years and minimum number of years is 1 year.