Is the FSSAI License Necessary for an Industrial Canteen?

Last Updated at: Dec 22, 2020
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The draft to amend the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Regulations, 2011, was released on November 17, 2020. As per this, Petty Food Business Operators need to submit an annual declaration (returns) by 31st May, for the previous financial year. Failing to do so shall attract a penalty of Rs 100 per day for delay. The maximum penalty that can be levied shall not exceed 5 times the annual fees.


Yes, it is. Industrial Canteen falls under the definition of the food business. Any business which falls in the category of ‘Food Business’ under section 3 (1)(n) of the Food Safety & Standard Act 2006 requires an FSSAI license/ certificate to function legally in India.

FSSAI operates under the food safety and standards act, 2006. It is India’s primary governing body in the food sector. FSSAI functions as a decentralized government agency which has its cohorts in every state.

The local cohorts of FSSAI are the bodies that work along with local municipalities to structurally conduct food inspections, health inspections, and restaurant inspections.

Who needs an FSSAI certificate / License?

Any business if it is micro, small, medium, or large scale – if it is serving consumable goods such as food and items, will require to get an FSSAI approval. Moreover, FSSAI approval guarantees that whatever products your business is offering is safe for human consumption. 

Additionally, the certificates and licenses ensure food safety, safety for health, and general well being for society.

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Food and Plight of Workers

In India, industrial workers face many troubles. One of these troubles is improper nutrition and long working hours. Similarly, while the situation regarding long working hours and tedious labour is gradually improving, malnutrition and a deficit of healthy nutrition is always by industrial workers such as technicians, foremen, mechanics, and assembly line workers.

Low wages are the sole reason why these workers cannot focus on proper nutrition to support their bodies. And to add to the problem, most factories and industrial units have canteens which are very shabby and provide barely nutritious food.

Rise of FSSAI and Industrial Canteen

In India, labour groups have been long since waging a campaign against this.

In 2006, with the rise of FSSAI, it finally became mandatory to have industrial canteens which meet the basic health and safety standards and can assure food safety and health safety of their food.

Industrial Canteens are often in-factory units that prepare and cook food for the workers of that unit. Just like factories and assembly lines, industrial canteens and their kitchen are dusty, shabby, and ill-equipped. Further, with those conditions, even the food service is barely palatable and often lacks the nutrition profile it should have.

This is partly because no one cares about the welfare and development of industrial workers.

FSSAI seeks to change this

Today, it has become mandatory for every business which falls in the category of a food business to meet many different criteria.

These are

  1. Food Safety Standards should be followed and met
  2. Health Safety Standards should be followed and met
  3. Additionally, industrial units which have their canteen need frequent inspections by a Food Safety Inspector

By now, you have learned all about FSSAI and its background with Industrial Canteens but you must still be wondering – Does my Business need a Certificate or License?

Let’s have a look

FSSAI offers three kinds of Licenses

  1. FSSAI Certificate
  2. Food License
  3. FSSAI Central License

FSSAI Certificate

This is the perfect certification for small to medium-sized businesses in the food industry. FSSAI certificate is granted to those businesses which pass an audit and food safety inspection conducted by a Food Safety Inspector. Moreover, your business must also have a turnover of fewer than 12 Lakhs to be eligible for this certificate.

The FSSAI License 

This is the standard license awarded to businesses that have passed their audit and food safety inspection conducted by a Food Safety Inspector. Additionally, businesses which have a turnover between 12 Lakhs and 20 Crore are eligible for this license

FSSAI Central License 

This is a top-tier license provided by FSSAI to companies which have passed their audit and inspection and have also been approved for safety standards by a food and health inspection service agency. Moreover, this license is mandatory for businesses that have a turnover of more than 20 crores and operate pan India.

 Which option is best for you?

If you are seeking FSSAI approval for your Industrial canteen, the best option for you would be to opt for FSSAI Certificate. Additionally, our team of Vakilsearch can also assist you with more details. FSSAI License and Central License is perfect for FMCG goods and Food manufacturing companies that cater to the wider audience throughout the country. Further, for an Industrial Canteen, a standard FSSAI Certification is more than enough to ensure food safety and the health safety of your workers and staff. Hence, the other 2 licenses are ideal for food businesses, restaurants, food manufacturers, etc.


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