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Steps to Register Food Business Online with FSSAI

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Japsanjam Kaur Wadhera
| Updated: Dec 09, 2020 | Category: FSSAI

The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India is a regulatory body established and governed by the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006[1]. It empowers the FSSAI to ensure the safety of food that is delivered to the consumers. It is necessary for an entrepreneur who is engaged in the food business to get its business registered with FSSAI to continue its operation.  This article will give you insights on the ways to register food business online with FSSAI Registration.

Now, the entrepreneur need not go to the registration office to get their business registered. This can easily be done online on the website portal of the FSSAI by providing the necessary documents for the registration.

Overview of Online FSSAI Registration

Any entrepreneur engaged in the business of the food sector, whether in processing, manufacturing, packaging or distribution of food, has to get its business registered with the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI). Steps involved in the registration are:

  • Selection of type of Food license.
  • Verifying FSSAI registration document.
  • Filing FSSAI application online.
  • Procurement of FSSAI food license.

Types of FSSAI Registration/License

There are three types of license that can be obtained by the Food Business Operators, depending upon the nature and size of their business.

Types of FSSAI Registration

Basic FSSAI Registration

All the Food Business Operators whose operations are in the small – scale or petty business registers their business with FSSAI Registration. The annual turnover of such FBO’s is less than twelve lakh.

FSSAI State License

All the Food business Operators whose operation is in a medium-size food business has to obtain a FSSAI State license. The annual turnover of such FBO’s is more than twelve lakh.

FSSAI Central License

All the Food Business Operators whose operation is in large scale business has to obtain Central License. The annual turnover of such FBO’s is that exceeds Twenty Crore.

Businesses requiring food license

It is necessary for every Food Business Operator (FBO) who is engaged in the food business to get its business registered or licensed under the Food Safety and Standard Authority (FSSAI).

FSSAI Registration is required for the small businesses that are petty retailers, hawkers etc. and whose annual turnover is less than 12 lakh.

Whereas FSSAI License is required for small – scale or large scale businesses whose annual turnover exceeds 12 lakh. It involves importers, exporters, manufacturers, etc., for Central food license and traders, transporters or other mid-size entities for State license.

Following is the list where a food license is mandatory:

  • Manufacturing
  • Processing
  • Packaging
  • Storing
  • Distribution
  • Procurement
  • Dairy and dairy processing
  • Wholesaler
  • Retailer
  • Hotels, Restaurants and many others.

Benefits to Register Food Business Online

When a Food Business Operator obtains an FSSAI Registration or License, it gets the following benefits:-

  • Have an FSSAI Registration helps the Food Business Operators to maintain credibility in the market since the consumers now are more cautious about the nature of the food they are consuming.
  • The logo of the FSSAI ensures goodwill among the consumers and helps the FBO’s to improve and enhance their business.
  • It helps the FBO’s to protect their business and ensure that the standard quality of food is being distributed.
  • It smoothes all the processes and makes it efficient, from manufacturing to the distribution and sale of food products.
  • After the FSSAI registration, the FBO has to follow the rules and ensure that hygiene and cleanliness are maintained.
  • FSSAI Registration helps the food businesses to grow and expand as consumers get attracted when it ensures the safety and good quality of food.
  • It is important for an FBO to obtain FSSAI registration to export food products.
  • It sets guidelines and procedures for assuring the quality and safety of food products.

What are the documents which are required to register food business online with FSSAI?

Following are some crucial documents required for Basic FSSAI Registration:

  • Submit the latest passport size photographs of the applicant;
  • Submit any identity proof of the applicant such as Aadhar Card, PAN Card, Driving License, Voter ID, etc.;
  • Submit the address proof of the application, in case of rented house submit the Rent Agreement;
  • Submit the Incorporation Certification;
  • Submit a plan of Food Safety Management System.

Following are some vital documents required for Central and State FSSAI Registration:

  • Submit three latest passport size photos of the applicant;
  • Submit any identity proof of the applicant such as Aadhar Card, PAN Card, Driving License, Voter ID, etc.;
  • Certificate of Registration (COR) of the business;
  • Submit a Form IX Nominations of the persons by the company;
  • An authentic proof highlighting the source of raw materials;
  • Submit the detailed list of all machinery & equipment installed in the unit;
  • Details of product to be manufactured;
  • Authorization Letter enclosing the full name and the Address of the answerable person;
  • NOC or No Objection Certificate from Municipality;
  • Submit a detailed plan of the Food Safety Management System.
  • A detailed list of all food items for which the license is needed;
  • In case the applicant is a Partnership Firm; then the basic details of all the partners is necessary with a Partnership Deed;
  • If the applicant is a registered Trust; submit a copy of Trust Deed and Trustees records;
  • In the case of a company; then the applicant needs to submit the Name and Address, contact of the directors along with the MOA, AOA, and incorporation certificate;
  • In the case of Co-operative Society, submit the basic details of all the members.
  • Submit a start rating certificate by the Ministry of Tourism.

Procedure for FSSAI Registration for Food Business online on FoSCoS

  • First, the applicant needs to visit the online website viz FoSCos, i.e.  foscos.fssai.gov.in
  • Once you Google the above link, then you will be redirected to a new window, where you have to click on the tab “Click here for FoSCos”.
  • Then on the top of the right corner, there is a button for sign-up; click on that button.
  • Then you need to provide all the details such as the applicant’s name, email id, contact number.
  • After entering all the above details then you have to enter the Captcha code and then click the Sign-up button.
  • After that, you have to sign in by entering the username and password which you created during the sign-up process and then enter the captcha and click on the sign-in button.
  • After that, you will be redirected to the dashboard, then go to the left panel and click the button called “License/Registration”.  Then click on the button “Apply for New License/Registration”.
  • Then select the state from the menu where the business is located.
  • Now you have to select the type of business you are dealing with.
  • If you are involved in the retail food business, then click on the “Trade/Retail” button.
  • Then you have to select “Retailer”.
  • Select the suitable turnover under the Retailer option and click the “Proceed” button.
  • After hitting the proceed button, you will be redirected to a new window where you have to click the button called “Click here to apply for registration all business”. Then a form will come out Form A on the screen.
  • Form A looks for the following information of the applicant:
  1. Full name of the applicant/company;
  2. Designation;
  3. Detailed Address of the business premises;
  4. Correspondence address;
  5. Contact details;
  6. Validity period;
  7. Name of food category;
  8. Other applicable details like the source of water supply, an announcement for the power consumption in the plant, etc.
  • After entering all the details mentioned above, then click on the “Save & Next” button.
  • Then you have to upload all the vital documents as we mentioned above and the latest photo in appropriate formats such as .png, .jpeg, .jpg, etc.;
  • Place a checkmark in the declaration section and then pay the fees by clicking the “Pay” button

Validity and renewal of FSSAI Registration/License

A Food Business operator (FBO) when once obtains the license; it is valid for a period of 1 year to 5 years.  It can be renewed by the FBO on the payment of the prescribed fees before the expiry of the license.

FoSCos

The Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCos) is introduced by FSSAU wef 1st June 2020, which is replaced with the existing food registration and licensing system. A food registration license is needed for the operation food business. The FBO has to register under the FSSAI to distribute, manufacture, process, transport etc. of food products. FoSCos is a new system introduced by FSSAI to obtain a food license in India.

The license is needed to ensure purity, quality and other essential requirements that consumers can rely upon.

Conclusion

Registering food business online with FSSAI Registration is the basic and must needed for all the entrepreneurs who are engaged in the food business, whether they are suppliers, wholesalers, traders, manufacturers, etc. Obtaining the license ensures that the food products have specific standards of quality and public health is the priority for the Food Business Operators while delivering the food to the consumers.

Read our article:Know the difference between FSSAI and FCI

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Japsanjam Kaur Wadhera

Japsanjam Kaur Wadhera is an Advocate and has completed her BA.LLB (Hons) and has experience of writing various research papers during her college time. Earlier she was working as an Associate Advocate in a reputed Law Firm. She has an extreme interest in writing legal content and her core area falls under legal enactments, tax and finance.

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