Transfer of Food License – FSSAI

Last Updated at: Mar 18, 2021
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FSSAI license

Food license is an important part of the food business as it is proof that what you are providing to your customers is of good quality. Having a license is mandatory under law. To provide clean food to the masses, it is a necessity to pass legislation on hygiene and safety. 

It is also possible to transfer the license you got under the Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006. 

What is FSSAI?

The supreme body responsible for controlling and supervising food safety is the Food Standards and Safety Authority of India (FSSAI). It is mandatory for every business in the industry of food to take FSSAI Simple Registration.

While registering you will be providing details regarding the type of company, manufacturing size, product segment or formulation, etc. In case there are changes, Food Business Operators (FBOs) are expected to report it within a fair amount of time to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). 

FSSAI Food registration is compulsory for not only cooking food but anyone who treats food at multiple levels before it actually hits the customer, such as raw materials, production, packaging, mess, packing, and delivery of canteens, as well as the companies who have the authority to market them. It is mandatory even for those who cater to a few people from their homes. As long as you are making money out of it, you have to register under FSSAI.

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Different Classes of Licenses

Businesses having an annual turnover below Rs.12 Lakhs can apply for Basic FSSAI Food safety registration while the business with the turnover above Rs.12 Lakhs and up to Rs.20 Lakhs can go for a state license and lastly the business with an annual turnover of above Rs.20 Lakhs can go for Central license. 

Transfer/Changes/Alteration in the license

If the FSSAI License has been issued, you need to follow a certain procedure to alter it. Essentially it requires the submission of an application to modify the FSSAI License or Registration. For a small business, FSSAI registration works but for a large-scale food business, an FSSAI license is a must. But what if the FSSAI holder dies?

The FSSAI license can be passed to a legal representative or any family member of the deceased holder in the event of the death of the FSSAI license holder. The legal agent or the family member shall request for the transfer of the certificate to the concerned authority in his or her favour. The application may be accepted or denied by the Authority after verification. The FSSAI License Authority cannot, however, deny the application without giving the claimant an opportunity to be considered.

In the case of the death of the holder of the registration certificate or license, the FSSAI license will only survive if the legal agent or any family member applies for the transfer of that certificate. If the FSSAI certificate is not within 90 days after the expiry of the holder of the registration certificate/license then it expires. 

NOTE: Transfer of License/Certificate is applicable only in case of death of License Holder

Procedure to Apply for Transfer of a License

To transfer a license visit this page and log in. Once you have logged in follow the steps described below.

Step:1 To apply for transfer of a particular license move the mouse over “Duplicate/Surrender/Transfer of License(s)” and from the drop-down option click on “Apply for Duplicate/Surrender/Transfer of License(s)” as shown in the figure below

Step:2 To apply for transfer of license click on “Transfer” against the license number as shown in the figure below

Step:3 Fill in the necessary details and click on proceed.

Step:4 Once clicked on “Proceed”, the application for transfer would be submitted to DO’s account for further processing.

How to Apply for the Transfer of a Certificate?

Step:1 To apply for transfer of a particular Certificate move the mouse over “Duplicate/Surrender/Transfer of Certificate(s)” and from the drop-down option click on “Apply for Duplicate/Surrender/Transfer of Certificate(s)” as shown in the figure below.

Step:2 To apply for transfer of license click on “Transfer” against the license number as shown in the figure below:-

Step:3 Fill in the necessary details and click on proceed.

Step:4 Once clicked on, the application for transfer would be submitted to RA’s account for further processing. 

Once the application is processed and there are no issues, the certificate/license will be transferred as per request.