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As per Section 31(1) of FSS Act, 2006 every Food Business Operator in the country is required to be licensed under the Food Safety &Standards Authority of India. The licensing and registration procedure and requirements are regulated by Food Safety & Standards (Licensing and Registration of food Business) Regulations, 2011

Sometimes FSSAI is also called the Food Authority of India. It is a legal entity with headquarters in Delhi. The branch offices are located throughout India for ease of businesses in getting a Food License.

The government’s objective to incorporate FSSAI is to ensure that the food products that are being delivered to the consumers are wholesome and fit for human consumption. FSSAI is accountable for protecting and promoting public health. And the authorized body to penalize non-compliant businesses.

Whether your business needs an FSSAI License or an FSSAI Registration only, depends on a few factors. Annual turnover, installed capacity, area of operations, whether limited to one state, have branches, etc., are the key determinants.

As per the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, any business entity, with operations associated with food, working at any level has to get itself registered and get a Food License. The Food Business Operator could be involved in one stage only or all steps of manufacturing, wholesaling, supplying, packing or re-packing, trading, labelling or re-labelling, importing or exporting, or even transporting has to go through the FSSAI registration process. Else it is liable to get penalized for non-compliance.

The types of FSSAI are:

1) Basic FSSAI Registration,
2) State Food License,
3) Central Food License.

Basic FSSAI Registration

FBOs that have an annual turnover anywhere between Rs. 0 to Rs. 12 lakh are required to apply for a Basic Food Registration.

These include all small scale operators, which are working from and within a single area, region, city or town have to be registered under FSSAI as Basic FBO. This kind of Basic certificate has to be applied to the State where the business is based. The provisions for eligibility to Basic Certificate are as follows:

  • FBO (wholesaler, distributor, supplier, retailer, food vending establishments, hawkers, club, canteen, Dhaba, hotel, restaurants, storage) with an annual turnover of less than Rs. 12 lakh,
  • Retailers selling food items, with limited operations,
  • Petty producers manufacturing by itself,
  • A makeshift stall selling food products,
  • Businesses involved in selling food at a social or religious gathering, other than a caterer,
  • Cottage industries associated with food products,
  • Production and/or processing units of vegetable oil by the process of solvent extraction and/or refineries including oil expeller system. With a capacity to produce not more than 100 kg/litre per day (except milk or meat),
  • Dairy units, involved in procurement/collection/handling/chilling of milk, having a capacity of not more than 500 litres per day, or up to 2.5 Metric Ton of milk solids annually,
  • A slaughtering capacity of not more than 2 large animals or 10 small animals or 50 poultry birds per day.

State Food License

The basic criteria for applying for a State Food License is that the annual turnover of your business is falling somewhere between Rs. 12 lakh up to a maximum of Rs. 20 crores. You need to apply for FSSAI State License to the state government where your business is based in.

The rules governing this license are:

  • FBO (supplier, wholesaler, distributor, retailer, food vending establishments or Dhaba, club, canteen, restaurants) with an annual turnover of between Rs. 12 lakh to up to Rs. 20 crores,
  • Proprietary Foods,
  • Production and/or processing units of vegetable oil by the method of solvent extraction and/or refineries including oil expeller unit. With a turnover between Rs. 12 lacs to Rs. 20 crores annually,
  • Hotels of 4-star ratings or less,
  • Storages having a capacity of less than 50,000 metric tonnes annually,
  • Dairy Units (including milk chilling units), with a daily capacity to handle or process, between 500 to 50000 litres,
  • A daily slaughtering capacity of more than 2 and up to 50 large animals. Or the capacity of handling more than 10 and up to 150 small animals. Or daily capacity of more than 50 to up to 1000 poultry birds,
  • All food processing units other than the ones mentioned above, including re-packers, with a daily capacity of not less than 100 kg/litre to up to 2 metric tonnes.

Central Food License

The primary condition to become eligible for a Central FSSAI Registration is that the annual turnover is over Rs. 20 crores.

The Central Government is to be approached for this license.

Besides this essential rule, there are some other elements to be considered. Such as 100% export oriented units, importers, operators associated with the Central Government and related agencies.

The FBOs having more than one branch of restaurants or food joints need to apply for a Central Food License. FBOs operating in 2 or more states have to apply for one Central License for its Registered Head Office and separate license/registration for each branch as per the eligibility standards applicable to them.

Following Food Businesses need to apply for FSSAI central license by the regulatory authority:

Following Food Businesses need to apply for FSSAI central license by the regulatory authority:

  • FBO ( restaurants, retailer, distributor, supplier) with an annual turnover of more than Rs. 20 crore,
  • Manufacturing and/or Processing units of vegetable oil by the method of solvent extraction and refineries including oil expeller unit, with a capacity of over 2 metric tonnes per day,
  • Dhaba, club, canteen, and other food vending establishments with branches spread in more than one state and an annual turnover of more than Rs. 12 lakh,
  • Wholesalers that have an annual turnover of not less than Rs. 30 crores,
  • Hotels that have been rated 5-star or more,
  • 100 % export oriented units involved in food production or processing,
  • All Importers (including the import of food ingredients or additives),
  • Caterers working under Central Government or related agencies such as Railways, Airlines and airport, Seaport, Defence, etc.
  • Storages with a capacity of more than 50,000 metric tonnes,
  • Dairy Units (including chilling units), with a capacity to handle or process, over 50,000 litres per day,
  • A slaughtering capacity of over 50 large animals or more than 150 small animals or more than 1000 poultry birds per day,
  • All food processing units other than mentioned above including re-packers, (excluding the grains, pulses & cereals milling units) with a capacity of over 2 metric tonnes per day,
  • All FBOs involved in producing an item of food, additive or its ingredient, using some new process or technology, and/or a combination thereof, whose safety has not been established yet by the FSSAI. Or they may not have a history of safe usage. It covers the food articles being introduced in the country, for the first time.

Documents required for applying for Food License Registration

Below is a list of documents to be submitted to the FSSAI offices to get an FSSAI License or Registration:

The documents mentioned below are compulsory to be submitted by all Food Business Operators (FBOs). Whether they are applying for Basic Registration, State License or Central License, these proofs are necessary for all:

Form A or Form B (Form – A for Basic FSSAI Registration & Form – B for State or Central FSSAI Registration) – complete and signed,

2 Passport Sized Latest Photographs,

  • PAN Card of the Business Owner/Proprietor/Partner/Director,
  • Proof of Possession of the Premises (Property Papers-if property is owned, Utility bills (Electricity or water) or Rent Agreement – if property is rented),
  • Partnership Deed,
  • Certificate of Incorporation or Articles of Association (AoA) for a company,
  • A complete list of food items the business will be involved in,
  • Caterers working under Central Government or related agencies such as Railways, Airlines and airport, Seaport, Defence, etc.
  • A proper Food Safety Management System (FSMS) plan (applicable for State or Central Food License only).

Documents for State Food License:

You need below documents along with your application, other than the above-listed ones:

  • A complete and signed Form – B,
  • Details of the Owner/Proprietor, Partners or Directors. With their Photo ID, Photographs and Address Proofs,
  • The layout of the proposed location, and the planned placement of the equipment,
  • Possession Proof of that building/premises,
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the owners. Along with their details, such as name & address,
  • Copy of License from the Manufacturers of the Equipment,
  • List and Details of the Equipment already installed or proposed to be installed at the location,
  • Each Food Product and its category that is planned to be produced,
  • Planned Food Safety Management System (FSMS).

Documents for Central Food License:

In addition to the above listed Common Documents, you need below:

  • A completed and signed Form – B,
  • Details of the Owner/Proprietor, Partners or Directors. With their Photo ID, Photographs and Address Proofs,
  • Proof of Annual Turnover,
  • The layout of the proposed location, along with the planned installation and placement of the equipment,
  • Possession Proof for the building/premises,
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the owners, along with their other details, such as name & address,
  • Copy of License from the Manufacturers of the Machinery & Equipment,
  • List and Details of Equipment already installed or proposed to be installed at the premises,
  • Each Food Product and/or category that is planned to be produced,
  • Planned Food Safety Management System (FSMS),
  • Water Report Analysis by an accredited Laboratory,
  • Source of procurement for Milk, Meat & its processing unit, as applicable,
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Local Authority, as applicable,
  • If involved in Mineral or Carbonated water, then Pesticide Residual Report by a Government Accredited Laboratory,
  • Import-Export Code (IEC), if applicable,
  • Certificate from the Ministry of Tourism, if applicable,
  • Proof of Turnover for Vehicles, as may apply to the line of business,
  • (No Objection Certificate) NOC from FSSAI.
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