What is FSSAI License (Food Safety License)
If you are willing to act as a Food business operator, you must be aware about FSSAI License Requirement. FSSAI is an abbreviation of Food safety and Standard Authority of India. Any person who is engaged in the food business in whatsoever business model such as manufacturers, producer, importer, exporter, procurement, storage, distribution and sale is mandatory required to get FSSAI License. You must obtain FSSAI License before you start operating Food business. FSSAI License can be obtained within 7 working days.
FSSAI License Full Form (FSSAI Definition)
FSSAI stands for Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. FSSAI is an Independent authority to provide a food license to every food business Operator in India. FSSAI makes sure that the every food business runs with appropriate license and a quality check. The FBOs (food businesses Operators) are required to follow the FSSAI rules and guidelines. FSSAI is in entirely responsible for setting the standard and principles and controls for the welfare of food businesses in India.
FSSAI License Consultant for Food business
FSSAI License is granted after a complete inspection by DO, quality checks of the food. The prescribed checks avoid any instances of adulteration, substandard products and also improve accountability of the manufacturers.
Under 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.
Types of FSSAI License in India
Type of FSSAI License & Registration depends on the turnover of the Company. The chart given below represents turnover and respective FSSAI Registration
NOTE: When the supply is made for government offices or import/export of food products: FSSAI Registration is mandatory.
What are the services Swarit advisors offers for FSSAI License Registration?
Our comprehensive range of end-to-end solutions includes following:
- End to end services for FSSAI Registration includes an Application drafting and filing along with follow up with the department.
- FSSAI compliance yearly subscription.
- Updates on developments on changes pursuant to FSSAI Registration.
- Free consultation on FSSAI Registration.
With Swarit Advisors, you can obtain FSSAI Registration in the most hassle free manner.
Necessary Documents for Food License Registration
FSSAI License ensures that only good edible food reaches the customer.
The following documents are required for Basic Registration which can be obtained within 2-3 working days-
- Photographs of an Applicant
- Business owner’s Aadhaar card.
- Signature of the applicant (scan)
- Business activity details.
- Declaration regarding the business place.
STATE FSSAI License can be obtained within 21 days for which following documents are required-
- GST Number of the company
- Business activity detail
- Food products list
- Authorization letter in the favor of the consultant.
- Declaration Form
- Aadhaar card of the business owner
- Signature of the business owner (scan copy)
- Applicant’s photograph (scan)
- MOA/AOA / Partnership Deed (as applicable)
- RC of vehicles along with a declaration in Transporter case
- Electricity bills of business / Factory / Warehouse
- NOC from Brand owner (For re-packaging business)
- Rent Agreement
- NOC from the property owner (if rented place)
Additional Read: FSSAI State License
Manufacturers can get License within 15 days by submitting following documents-
Apart from the documents stated above, the manufacturers engaged in food manufacturing are required to provide the following additional documents:
- List of food products proposed to be manufactured
- Water Ground Report
- Product Testing report(s)
- Factory blueprint
- List of machine along with the photographs
- Audited Balance Sheet is also required (For State and Central License)
- IEC Code in case FSSAI License is for Export / Import-(For State and Central License)
Procedure for FSSAI Food License
Easy Steps 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 required 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 Regional Authority/State Authority. Note that the Form shall be sent within 15 days from the online date of an Application.
Step Five: If any query is raised, do reply it within 15 days of the receipt.
Step Six: FSSAI Registration shall reach to you via mail and one physical copy at the address provided to 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 it, one is also required to get affixed before Customs Clearance.
Occupations/places which require FSSAI License
- 1 Food shop,
- 2 Food stall,
- 3 Hotels,
- 4 Restaurant,
- 5 Airline meal catering services
- 6Food canteens or
- 7 Any such place where the article of the food is sold, manufactured, stored for sale in India.
- 8 Any such person dealing with food like manufacturer, processor, food packer, person involved in food storage, food transporter, food distributor, food importer etc.
What are the Forms and Registration fees for different FSSAI Registration?
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:
Turnover (Per annum)
Type of FSSAI License
Upto 12 lakh
12 lakh but upto 20 crores
Rs 2000 to 5000
More than 20 crores
What is the validity and FSSAI License Renewal?
FSSAI License can be applied for the period you wish to obtain. However, it can be applied for a period of maximum 5 years.
Basis FSSAI License validity, the Application for renewal of a License shall be made not later than 30 days prior to the expiry date.
Additional Read: FSSAI License Renewal
What is the mode of payment of FSSAI License Registration?
At the time of submission of FSSAI Registration Application, certain fee is required to be paid. The payment is made by demand draft or through online mode of payment.
New update- E-Commerce food operators FSSAI Registration-2017
With effect from February 2017, FSSAI has mandated FSSAI License from Central Licensing Authority for E-commerce food operators. FSSAI operators are required to enter into the agreement with the sellers/ manufacturers/ restaurants with whom they are operating. Such E-commerce food operators are required to comply with the rules and regulations o FSSAI Act.
Food Industry market in India
Food sector constitutes 32% of India’s Food market. A tremendous jump has been followed in economic growth due to 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% Export Oriented Units etc. eases Food industry workflow. Hence there are many benefits of FSSAI License in India.
Government initiatives on export of ‘Processed food products’
India has a considerable huge market for processed food. It produces the largest amount of Milk, Rice, Groundnut, Mangoes, Brinjal. Apart from this Fruits, Vegetables, Spices, Meat and Poultry, Milk and Milk products, Alcoholic beverages, Fisheries, Plantation etc. Department of Commerce’s foreign trade performance analysis says the good increase in India’s export of fresh processed food product, 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 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 FSSAI and Health Ministry to gain trust and confidence of the consumers and ensure the product quality and standards.
Procedure for Food License for export
If you are someone who wants to export his food product, then you need to take two Licenses. You have to get FSSAI License Registration and obtain IEC Registration. FSSAI Registration procedure is already explained above. For IEC Registration, following steps are required:
- Step 1: Incorporate your Company.
- Step 2: Apply for IE Code under DGFT and central Licensing Authority for Export License.
- Step 3: Obtain NOC (No – Objection Certificate) for the food quality & adherence to the compliances issued by FSSAI Authority regarding food safety.
- Step 4: Obtain necessary permissions pertaining to the food item from FSSAI to export it.
FSSAI Number -14 Digit Labeling
Now that you have FSSAI License, Labeling on Food item is must. Let us understand what all things are to be labeled:
The intent behind imposing labeling requirements of food products exported outside India is the dissemination of information. Apart from it, it increases food acceptance in the foreign market.
Information to be mentioned on the food products
- 1 Food name
- 2 Ingredients of such food
- 3 Information about the nutritional value
- 4 Declaration of food additives
- 4 Declaration of vegetarian or non-vegetarian food items
- 5 Packer or manufacturer’s complete name and address
- 6 Net quantity
- 7 Lot No. /Code No. /Batch No (Tractability details )
- 8 Manufacturing or packing date
- 9 Country of origin (Imported food)
- 10 Best before and use by date details
- 11 Instructions to use the food product
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Frequently Asked Questions on FSSAI Registration
Yes FSSAI License is issued with minimum validity of 1 year to maximum validity of 5 years. It is required to be renewed before 30 days of the end of its validity.
FSSAI (Food Safety and Standard Authority of India) is 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. Petty retailer is exempted from obtaining FSSAI Registration/License. Apart from this, following are exempted:
- Itinerant vendor or
- Small-scale or
- Cottage or
- Such other industries relating to food business or
- Tiny food business operator.
- A temporary stallholder or
Yes, FSSAI is must to carry out activities related to any stage of manufacturing. One should go for FSSAI Registration at the start of processing/packaging/storage transportation/distribution of food.
For 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, FSSAI code is 14 digit numeric 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 FSSAI logo and License number on the label of the food package. This is a mandatory condition under the guidelines issued by FSSAI. In addition to it, 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 FSSAI logo and License Numbers.
Yes, of course. The status of FSSAI Application can be checked on the website of FSSAI.