FSSAI license or Food License or Food registration connotes to the same thing. If you are willing to act as a food business operator you must be aware of FSSAI registration. NO? FSSAI is an abbreviation of Food safety and regulations. Any person who is engaged in the food business in whatsoever formats such as manufacturers, producer, importer, exporter, procurement, storage, distribution, and sale is mandatorily required to get FSSAI License. You must obtain the FSSAI License before you start operating their Food business.
The Act is a single capsule consisting of all applicable Acts and Orders pertaining to Food-related matters. All Food business operators are regulated by the FSSAI act 2006 and are mandated to adhere to the rules and regulations pursuant to the FSSAI Act 2006.
A Food License is a 14 digit number and shall be displayed on the food product. The Ministry of Health and family welfare regulates FSSAI registration. It is responsible to execute the rules pertaining to the standard of food quality.
The FSSAI License is granted after a complete inspection, quality checks, of the food. During the checks the prescribed procedure. Such checks avoid any instances of adulteration, substandard products and also improve accountability of manufacturers.
Under the FSSAI License granting procedure, the Standards and guidelines for food, the procedure for the accreditation of certification bodies engaged in food regulation also forms an important part. Proper training is also provided. Food undergoes checks under the various laboratories.
FSSAI Authority also supports scientific, technical assistance and advertisement to the government while framing the policies. FSSAI authorities fetch the important relevant data and concerns from a different department. Accordingly, changes are made in Food related laws too.
The Type of FSSAI registration depends on the turnover of the company. Below are the Turnover and respective FSSAI registration applicable
NOTE: When the supply is made for government offices or import/export of food products: FSSAI registration is mandatory.
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FSSAI License ensures that only edible good food reaches the customer, well to get the license to accumulate the following documents beforehand.
Apart from the above-stated documents the manufacturer engaged in food manufacturing are required to provide the following additional document:
The procedure for food license is quite simple and easy. Let us understand this step by step:
Step One: You must first generate a unique user Id and password for login purpose.
Step two: After login, click on apply for Food license.
Step three: A form will appear and shall ask for the requisite documents, fill it and attach the documents.
Step Four: Submit it. Do not forget to take print of filled application form. Send the print of them to the Regional Authority/State Authority. Note that the form shall be sent within 15 days from the application the date of online.
Step Five: In case any query is raised, do reply it within the 15 days of the receipt.
Step Six: FSSAI registration shall reach to you via mail and one physical copy at the address provided you.
However, it is mandatory to display the FSSAI logo and license number along with the name and address of the importer on the food product. In addition to that one is also required to get is affixed before customs clearance.
On the basis of the turnover of Food Business Operators (FBO), there are 3 types of licenses. For each type of license different forms are filled as discussed below:
|Sr. No.||Turnover (Per annum)||Type of FSSAI License||Form||Registration Fees|
|1.||Upto 12 lakh||Basic registration||A||Rs. 100|
|2.||12 lakh but upto 20 crores||State license||B||Rs 2000 to 5000|
|3.||More than 20 crores||Central license||B||Rs. 7500|
The FSSAI License can be applied for the period you wish to obtain. However maximum it can be applied for a period of 5 years.
Basis the FSSAI license validity, the application for renewal of a license shall be made not later than 30 days prior to the expiry date.
At the time of submission of FSSAI registration application, the certain fee is required to be paid. The payment is made by demand draft or online mode of payment.
With effect from the February 2017, FSSAI has mandated FSSAI license from Central licensing authority for the E-commerce food operators. The FSSAI operators are required to enter into the agreement with the sellers/ manufacturers/ restaurants with whom operating. Such E-commerce food operators are required to comply with the rules and regulations of the FSSAI Act.
The food sector constitutes 32% of India’s Food Market. A tremendous jump has been followed in economic growth due to the food industry. Above all the government has also stretched its hands in support. The government through foreign collaborations, industrial license, joint ventures and with the introduction of 100% exports oriented units etc to ease the Food industry workflow. Hence there are many benefits of FSSAI License in India.
India has a considerable huge market for processed food. It produces the largest amount of milk, rice, groundnuts, mangoes, Brinjal. Apart from this fruit, vegetables, spices; meat and poultry; milk and milk products, alcoholic beverages, fisheries, plantation, etc. The Department of Commerce’s foreign trade performance analysis says the good increase in India’s export of fresh processed food product of processed food products government granted incentives on the installation of plant and machinery for food processing which has encouraged the processing of fruits, vegetables, and juices.
Well, looking deep into this government has removed the GST rate of 18% on air freight of fresh vegetables has also been removed recently
Above all, the food items exported from the country need to be registered and licensed under the FSSAI and health ministry in order to gain the trust and confidence of consumers and ensuring the product quality and standards.
If you are somebody who wants to export his food product, you need to take two licenses. One you have to get FSSAI Registration and obtain IEC Registration. FSSAI registration procedure is already explained above. For IEC registration following subjects:
Step 1: Firstly incorporate your Company.
Step 2: Apply for IE Code at under DGFT and central Licensing Authority for Export license.
Step 3: Obtain the NOC (No – Objection Certificate) for the food quality & adherence to the compliances issued by the FSSAI Authority regarding food safety.
Step 4: Obtain necessary permissions pertaining to the food item from FSSAI to export it.
Now that you have FSSAI License, LABELLING it on Food item is a must. Let us understand what all things are to be labeled:
The intent behind the imposing labeling requirements of food products exported outside India is the dissemination of information. Apart from it to increase food acceptance in the foreign market.
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Yes an FSSAI license is issued with its validly period minimum 1 year to 5 years. It is required to be renewed before 30 of the end of its validity.
FSSAI (Food safety and standard authority of India) controlled by Central government and Ministry of Health and family affairs. Its foremost main objective is to regulate and keep a check on food quality of food products or services engaged in manufacturing or delivery. It derives its power from the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006.In order to regulate the production, storage, distribution, sales, and imports.
There is a certain exception for FSSAI Registration/license. Pretty retailer is exempted from obtaining the FSSAI registration/license. Apart from this following are exempted:
Since the beginning itself. Yes, FSSAI is must for carrying on activities related to any stage of manufacturing. At the start of processing /packaging,/storage, transportation/ distribution of food.
Multi-location a separate FSSAI Registration or License is required. However, in case of Importers, Single central license at their Import Export Code address is allowed.
No, it is 14 digit FSSAI code.
You are required to obtain both Central License and state/basic registration as applicable for each location.
FSSAI Authority can acquire, hold and dispose of property, both movable and immovable in cases of contraventions of its rules. It can further use and take necessary actions as required.
Yes, it is mandatory to display the FSSAI logo and license number on the label of the food package. This is a mandatory condition under the guidelines issued by the FSSAI. In addition to that for imported food products, the importer shall display the name and address on a sticker to be affixed to the product before customs clearance apart from the FSSAI logo and license numbers.
Yes, of course. The status of FSSAI application can be checked on the website of the FSSAI.