Overview of FSSAI State 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 State License is mandatory for those FBO whose annual turnover is between Rs. 12 lakhs to 20 crores. Any such food business operating without obtaining Food License shall be liable for the penalty.
FSSAI License contains a 14-digit registration number, which is labeled on the packaging of the food products.
Who should obtain FSSAI State License?
All the food business operators (FBOs) who fall in the following categories are required to obtain a State License to commence their food business:
- Food manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, caterers etc. whose turnover exceeds Rs. 12 lakh and is up to Rs. 20 crores.
- Food storage businesses with a cold storage capacity of up to 50,000 Metric Tons (MT).
- All the Dhabas, Restaurants, Banquet halls, Home-based canteens, Boarding houses serving food, Temporary or Permanent food stalls with turnover exceeding Rs. 12 lakhs.
- Transporters of foods possessing up to 100 vehicles or annual turnover of up to Rs. 30 crores.
- All the dairy units consisting of Milk chilling units facilitated to manage or process 501 to 50,000 LPD of milk or above 2.5 Metric Tons to 2500 MT of Milk solids every year.
- Units which process Meat and have a capacity of up to 500 kg of Meat processing every day or 150 MT per annum.
- Slaughtering units with a capacity of up to 150 small animals or 50 large animals or 1000 poultry birds each day.
- Every food processing unit along with re packers and re labelers producing more than 100 kg per day.
- Every Pulse, Cereals and Grains milling unit.
Documents Required for FSSAI State License
If you want to acquire State FSSAI License, then you need to submit the following documents to the concerned Authority:
- Photo identity proof such as PAN card of food business operator;
- Address proof of the FBO;
- Form-B completely filled and duly signed by the Partner or Proprietor or an Authorised Signatory;
- Rent Agreement of the premise;
- NOC (No-Objection Certificate) from the premise owner in case the office is rented;
- Details of food category to be manufactured, in case you’re a manufacturer;
- Copy of Certificate obtained under the Multi-State Coop Act, 2002 (in case of the cooperative) or 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 Municipal Corporation or local body;
- Copy of Certificate obtained from Ministry of Tourism (HRACC) (compulsory for Hotels);
- Sources of Meat and Milk (if applicable)
- Form IX;
Apart from this, there are several other documents required to obtain FSSAI State License. We will let you know what documents are required to be submitted depending on the kind of food business you operate.
How to Apply for FSSAI State License?
The process of acquiring a FSSAI State License for a food business is quite distinct from Basic FSSAI Registration procedure. We have enlisted the steps that are required to get FSSAI State License. They are as follows:
- Step 1:
Being an applicant, you need to file an Application for Food License in Form B to the Licensing Authority through FSSAI online Registration process.
- Step 2:
The Application for License must be annexed with an affidavit, self-declaration, and Annexure as applicable.
- Step 3:
If the information in the Form and document is complete, then the Authority will issue the License. The License is generally issued for a period of 1 to 5 years, depending on the request of the FBO. The Application fee for the License depends on the time period for which the FBO has opted. Higher the time period, higher would be the Application fees.
- Step 4:
Once the expiration date arrives, the applicant can again apply for the renewal before it actually expires.
The statutory fees for State License range from 2000-5000 P.A. However, the fee varies for different states.
Penalty for Non-Compliance
Whether you hold Basic Registration or any FSSAI License, you are supposed to follow the standards prescribed by FSSAI regarding the food business operations. Any non-compliance to the following guidelines can lead to a hefty penalty as follows:
Penalty for sub-standard food
Up to 5 lakh INR
Penalty for misbranded food
Up to 3 lakh INR
Penalty for misleading advertisement
Penalty for food consisting of superfluous matter
Food quality not in accordance with Act
Petty manufacturer – 25,000
Penalty for not complying with the guidelines of Food Safety Officer
2 lakh INR
Penalty for unsanitary or unhygienic or processing/ manufacturing of food
1 lakh INR
FAQs of FSSAI State License
Every FBO (Food Business Operator) that is having an Annual Turnover between Rs 12 Lakhs to Rs 20 Crore needs to obtain State FSSAI License.
No, the turnover limit for the FSSAI State Manufacturing License and FSSAI State Trading License is same as FSSAI State License.
All the Food Business Operators that have an Annual Turnover between Rs 12 lakhs to Rs 20 crore per annum need to obtain FSSAI State License.
The entities, such as a unit of vegetable oil and refineries; 4-star rating Hotels; Dairy units; Slaughter shops; and Food processing units, etc. need to obtain FSSAI State License.
Yes, by choosing Swarit Advisors, one can easily obtain his/her FSSAI License.
The fee for obtaining State FSSAI License varies from one state to another. However, the same will range between Rs 2000 to Rs 5000.
Yes, FSSAI State Trading License is required for doing trading business.
A Manufacturing Unit needs to obtain State FSSAI License if it has a turnover between Rs 12 Lakhs to Rs 20 Crore.
In such a case, you need to obtain separate State FSSAI Licenses for each state and 1 common Central FSSAI License.
No, the registration certificate for Basic FSSAI Registration is not valid for the Caterers. They compulsorily need to obtain a State FSSAI License, irrespective of their turnover.
The FSSAI Registration process for a catering service or restaurant is similar to getting any other FSSAI license.
No, the FSSAI code is a 14-digit numeric code.
The people exempted from obtaining FSSAI License include Itinerant vendor; Small-scale; Cottage; Tiny FBO (Food Business Operator); a temporary stallholder; Hawker; and any such food business.
A FSSAI License remains valid for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 5 years. Further, it needs to be renewed at least 30 days before expiry.
In such a case, you need to obtain both Central FSSAI License and State FSSAI Registration. A separate State FSSAI Registration is required for each location.
The owner of a Pulses Milling Unit needs to obtain a State FSSAI License.
A FSSAI License is a type of Premise based license. That means no FBO can have more than 1 FSSAI License for 1 premise.
No, one needs to obtain a Central FSSAI License for Importing Food Items in India.
Yes, as per the guidelines issued by the FSSAI, it is mandatory to display the FSSAI logo and License number on the label or food package.
Yes, the FSSAI license is mandatory for all kinds of food-related businesses, including Manufacturing, Trading, Transportation, or distribution.