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What is FSSAI Central License?

FSSAI stands for Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. It is a self-governing body established under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. The body is responsible to issue FSSAI License to the Food Business Operators (FBO).

FSSAI Central License is essential for those FBO whose annual turnover is above Rs. 20 crores. Besides, those FBO who are engaged in the import and export of food products are also required to obtain FSSAI Central License irrespective of business turnover.

FSSAI License has a 14-digit Registration or License Number, generally printed on the packages of the food products.

Who should obtain FSSAI Central License?

All the Food Business Operators (FBOs) falling in the following categories are supposed to get a Central License to start their food business:

  • Food distributors, manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, caterers etc. whose total annual turnover exceeds Rs. 20 crores.
  • Cold storage capacity of more than 50,000 Metric Tons (MT).
  • All the Restaurants, Dhabas, Boarding houses serving food, Banquet halls, Home-based canteens, Temporary or Permanent food stalls with turnover exceeding Rs. 20 crores.
  • Food transporters who possess up to 100 vehicles or an annual turnover is more than Rs. 30 crores.
  • All dairy divisions consisting of Milk chilling units facilitated to manage or process more than 50,000 LPD of Milk or above 2500 Metric Tons of milk sold per annum.
  • Meat processing divisions which have a capacity of more than 500 kg of Meat processing every day or 150 MT per annum.
  • Slaughtering divisions holding a capacity of more than 150 small animals or 50 large animals or more than 1000 poultry birds each day.
  • All food processing divisions along with re-packers and re-labelers producing more than 100 kg per day.

Documents required to obtain FSSAI Central License

The documents required for FSSAI Central License is same as that of the State License, except for some additional documents mentioned below:

  • Photo identity proof;
  • Address proof of the Food Business Operators;
  • Form-B completely filled and duly signed;
  • Rent Agreement of the premise;
  • NOC (No-Objection Certificate) from the landlord in case the office is rented;
  • Details of food category to be manufactured, if you are a manufacturer;
  • Copy of Certificate obtained under the Coop Act, 1861.
  • Certificate of Company Incorporation;
  • Layout or blueprint of the processing unit representing the dimensions as well as area allocation depending on the operations (applicable for manufacturers and processing units only);
  • NOC and copy of the Manufacturer License (for re labelers and re packers only);
  • NOC from the Municipal Corporation or local body;
  • Copy of Certificate from Ministry of Tourism (HRACC) (mandatory for Hotels);
  • Sources of Meat and Milk (if applicable)
  • Form IX;
  • Others

Additional documents for Central License

  • Declaration Form;
  • NOC/PA document issued by FSSAI;
  • Supporting documents as a proof for business turnover;
  • Certificate obtained from Ministry of Commerce;
  • IE CODE document issued by DGFT (for exporters and importers).

Procedure to obtain FSSAI Central License

The procedure to obtain FSSAI Central License is exactly the same as that of State License. Steps for the same are enlisted below:

  • Step 1: Filing of Form B

You need to file an Application in Form B to FSSAI department.

  • Step 2: Submit the Form with a self-declaration and an Affidavit

The Application for the License must contain the Annexure attached with an Affidavit and a self-declaration. When you have prepared all the documents, you can submit it to FSSAI department.

  • Step 3: Issuance of License

If the Authority is satisfied with the documents and the Application, it will issue FSSAI Central License to the FBO. License is issued for 1 to 5 years and depends on the need of the FBO.

Further, the Application fee for License depends on the time period for which the FBO has opted.

  • Step 4: Renew License before it expires

You need to renew License before it expires.

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FAQs for Central FSSAI License

The following listed are the steps included in the procedure for obtaining offline FSSAI License:

  1. If an individual is more satisfied with the offline mode of payment, then FSSAI provides a provision for that as well.
  2. The applicant must take a printout of the Online Application Form within a time-frame of 15 days from the submission of the application form.
  3. Now, he or she is required to attach a Demand Draft (DD) of the amount (if in case the fees prescribed is not paid online) and
  4. Lastly, the applicant must submit all the supporting documents and the application to the State Authority.

The Central FSSAI License is required for those FBOs which are working at a large scale and are having a turnover of more than Rs 20 crore. For obtaining this registration, Form B is required to be filled.

A cost of Rs 7500 per year is incurred as fees in obtaining Central FSSAI License.

The following listed are the documents needed for obtaining Central FSSAI License:

  1. Form B duly completed and signed.
  2. Plan of the Processing Unit.
  3. List of Partners/ Directors/ Proprietor together with the contact details, address, and photo ID proof.
  4. List of all the Equipment and Machinery to be used along with the number and the installed capacity.
  5. List of the Food Category to be manufactured.
  6. Authority Letter from a manufacturer.
  7. Analysis Report for the water to be used in the process.
  8. Source of Raw Material for Meat and Milk, etc.
  9. Recall Plan where needed.
  10. Certificate from Ministry of Commerce for 100 percent EOU.
  11. NOC (No Objection Certificate)/PA document issued by FSSAI.
  12. IEC (Import Export Code) document issued by DGFT (Director General of Foreign Trade).
  13. Form IX.
  14. Certificate from the Ministry of Tourism.
  15. Ownership Proof of the Premises being used.
  16. Partnership Deed or the Affidavit of Proprietorship.
  17. NOC and the copy of License from the manufacturer.
  18. NOC from the local body or municipality.
  19. Food Safety Management System Certificate or Plan.
  20. Supporting documents for proof of Annual Turnover and Transportation.
  21. Declaration Form.

The steps included in the procedure for obtaining online FSSAI Central License are as follows:

  1. Food Business Operators(FBOs) are required to submit an application form to the Licensing Authority by way of the FSSAI online registration process in Form B together with the prescribed fees
  2. Then the Operator will receive a Unique Application Reference Number.
  3. The application form must consist of Annexure, Affidavit, and all the additional information as applicable.
  4. After that, the person will receive his or her Unique Application ID.
  5. The authority does an inspection and verification after the receipt of application, if considered essential and issues an Inspection Report.
  6. Finally, the authority will grant the license within sixty-days after completing all the legal formalities.

The Central FSSAI License is required for those FBOs which are working at a large scale and are having a turnover of more than Rs 20 crore.

Yes, FSSAI License for the Exporters is issued by the Central authority as Central FSSAI License for Exporter kind of business.

The major difference between, a FSSAI Registration and FSSAI License is that FSSAI Licence is mandatory and obligatory for all the Food Business Owners (FBOs) having an Annual Turnover of Rs 12 lacs or more. However, FSSAI Registration can be obtained by any Food Business Owner whether his or her Annual Turnover is among 0 to Rs.12 lakh.

Yes, you need to have an FSSAI registration specifically if your business is on a small-scale level and having a turnover among 0 to Rs.12 lakh.

The Basic FSSAI Registration is for the FBOs which are dealing in petty food business and have their turnover up to Rs.12 lakh. These FBOs are required to file Form A for obtaining Basic FSSAI Registration.

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