What Can I Do if My FSSAI Application Gets Rejected?

Last Updated at: Feb 04, 2021
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FSSAI Application

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India – or FSSAI – is responsible for governing food business-related activities. It is an autonomous body set up under the aegis of the Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006. It also hands out licenses as per the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011 or FSSAI application. Moreover, it also undertakes quality control on activities like the manufacturing, storage, transportation, and distribution of food products.

Types of Approvals Issued by the FSSAI

A Food Business Operator (FBO) who is involved in the aforementioned activities approaches FSSAI for a registration or license. This is a 14-digit number that is printed on all food packaging offered by the FBO. It is to make the FBO more accountable for the items being done and for sale. Whether an FBO needs registration or license is determined by the size of its operation. The approval by FSSAI can take the following three forms:

  • Basic Registration – A petty FBO needs to register with FSSAI as such; it does not need a license. There are many criteria which define an entity as a petty operator, especially those who manufacture food products. However, the primary one holds that such an entity should have an annual turnover of less than Rs 12 lakhs. Those FBOs which do not fall under this criteria need to apply for a license. Licenses can be of two types based on the size of business.
  • State FSSAI License – Like petty FBOs, those entities qualifying for a state license have several criteria. But in terms of revenue, such an entity has to have an annual turnover from Rs 12 lakhs up to Rs 20 crore. In essence, this is a medium-sized FBO. Other criteria are applicable based on the kind of business an entity is in. The license is for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 5 years. The tenure of issuance is by the nourishment business administrator.
  • Central FSSAI License – Large FBOs have to apply for a central FSSAI license. These are entities which have a turnover of more than Rs 20 crores a year and operate in two or more states. Importers and exporters need to exclusively apply for this license. The license is for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 5 years. The tenure of issuance is by the nourishment business administrator.

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What to Do if your FSSAI Application Gets Rejected?

Mere application for FSSAI registration or license is not a guarantee of approval. There are cases in which applications with rejection. On 7 July 2020, FSSAI published a standard operating procedure for the reactivation of rejected applications. It stated that the following four cases of rejection or cancellation of applications for registration or license will be considered:

  • Applications which is accidentally getting rejection by an FBO while processing.
  • Applications which were in rejection because of a technical glitch while processing either by a DO or an FBO.
  • Further, applications which have automatic rejection by the system because of incomplete information or documents by an FBO within 30 days.

Reactivation for Registration or State FSSAI License:

  • All such applicants will need to apply with their respective State Food Safety Commissioner within 6 months from the date of rejection.
  • After this request, a DO in case of Registration or Commissioner of Food Safety (CFS) of the state in case of state license will examine the case on merit.
  • His/her recommendation will be sent to RC Division at enforcement1@fssai.gov.in within 30 days from the receipt of such request from an FBO.
  • Recommendation from DO/State Commissioner will be to the IT Division for the reactivation of application.
  • Once such a request is from RCD, the IT Division will reactivate the relevant application and communicate the same to the DO / CFS under intimation to RCD.

Reactivation for Central FSSAI License

  • All such applicants will apply to their Regional Office (RO) of FSSAI within 6 months from the date of rejection.
  • After this request, the director of the RO will examine the case on merit.
  • He/she will send that recommendation to FSSAI headquarters (RCD) at enforcement1@fssai.gov.in within 30 days from the receipt of such request from an FBO.
  • RCD will examine the case on the recommendation of RO.
  • The executive director of the RCD will be the competent authority to decide such a case.
  • The approval of a case will refer by RCD to the IT Division. This will reactivate the application.
  • In case of urgent cases, an FBO can directly approach the FSSAI HQ where they will be examined by the CEO.