There are 3 kinds of FSSAI Licenses – Basic, Central, and State. Every food business must register for an FSSAI License under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. Vakilsearch helps you register for an FSSAI License in 3 simple ways –
We collect and verify the documents like Form B, list of partners, processing unit plan, food category list, NOC
We file the FSSAI application on your behalf
You procure the FSSAI License and enjoy legal benefits, goodwill and create consumer awareness.
Any entrepreneur who wants to start a business in the food sector, be it food processing or food manufacturing, packaging or distributing, has to register for Food Safety and Standard Authority of India FSSAI.
FSSAI monitors these businesses under the guidelines and regulations listed in FSSAI Act 2006.
With expert assistance from Vakilsearch, get an FSSAI license in the quickest possible way in only 4 simple steps -
A food license builds an immense feeling of trust in your patrons. It paves the path to a long and loyal relationship with the buyer as they believe you offer unsurpassed quality food.
STEP 1 - Consulting, Documentation & Filing
STEP 2 - Follow up and waiting for Approval
STEP 3 - Delivery Of License
The waiting period mentioned here is for basic license. For the other two licenses, the government approval can take a maximum of 50 days.
Be it a food safety management registration or production license, there are some documents that should be submitted along with the FSSAI online application. Listed below are the mandatory paperwork for each type of FSSAI registration:
Every Food Business Operator is required to be licensed/registered under the FSSAI. FSSAI Registration is required by small businesses like hawkers, petty retailers, etc whose annual turnover is less than Rs.12 lakhs per year. All food businesses exceeding this annual turnover limit of Rs 12 lakhs per year require a FSSAI License.
Whether you are a small scale or large scale business, you need to obtain FSSAI State License or FSSAI Central License, according to your requirement. Usually, large manufacturers, exporters, importers, etc obtain Central Licence while mid-sized entities like transporters, traders, etc need State Licence.
If your business falls in any one of the below-listed categories, then a food license is mandatory for you.
To be more elaborate, any individual or a company that operates with food substances from farm to plate must obtain the FSSAI food license. A more detailed list of those who require FSSAI registration Certificate is here:
Storage units and warehouses require a food safety registration instead of a production license.
According to the FSSAI Act, 2006 all food businesses are required to be registered/licenced:
An exception here is the catering business. Irrespective of their turnover, they have to apply for a state license and not a basic FSSAI license.The Central License: The above to licences were for small and mid-sized trades. The central registration is for bigger businesses. It is issued to:
A 14-digit food license will contain a State Code and registration.
Every food package must have a label. This label should mandatorily contain:
Vakilsearch provides an end-to-end service for food licensing and FSSAI registration. Our promise to every food product business is:
At Vakilsearch, our guiding principle is to guarantee that your food business begins as soon as possible and as seamlessly as practical.
Non-compliance with the FSSAI regulations can prove to be costly. Production and distribution of food products without the FSSAI registration or license will incur a severe penalty and may cause risk to your brand reputation.
Food inspections will be conducted by Food Safety Officers and compliance levels will be granted for the food business. Compliance will be graded as below -
In accordance with the above markings, the Food Safety Officer might issue an improvement notice. The officer might also cancel the license if the standards are not maintained even after warnings.
In addition to this, if the FBO is not satisfied with the Food Safety Officer’s improvement notice, they can appeal to the State Commissioner of Food Safety. Their decisions can also put to a challenge via an appeal towards Food Safety Appellate Tribunal / High Court.
FSSAI license and registration help businesses in the following ways:
FSSAI license rules are hard and fast. FSSAI licenses issued to food businesses are valid for a period of 1 to 5 years. It is mandatory to apply for license renewal 30 days before the expiry of the existing license. Non-renewal of licenses can fetch a fine of Rs.100 per day until the renewal is done . Any lapse in renewal within the stipulated date can result in the old license becoming defunct and businesses will have to apply for a fresh license.
Similar to the guidelines for FSSAI license, there are certain rules for FSSAI license numbers.
FSSAI Rules and Regulations for the Food Industry and Food Businesses:
Guidelines to modify FSSAI License and FSSAI Registration:
FSSAI Pushes For Changes In Import Regulations For Foreign Food Products
November 18, 2020
India’s national food regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), has proposed changes in import regulations that push for mandatory registration and audit of foreign food manufacturing facilities that import particular food products.
FSSAI All Set To Extend Its Cloud-based Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCoS) To The Entire Country
26 October 2020
After being operational across Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Odisha, Chandigarh, Goa, Manipur, Puducherry and Ladakh since 1st June 2020, the FSSAI is all set to extend its cloud-based (FoSCoS) to the entire country from 1’st November 2020.
FSSAI Directs Sweet Shop Owners to Display ‘Expiry Date’ for Unpackaged Sweet Products
Sept 27, 2020
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made it mandatory for sweet shop owners to display the expiry date for their unpackaged sweet products starting October 1, 2020. The sweet shop owners have also been asked to display manufacturing dates, however, this rule is not mandatory.
FSSAI: Junk Food Sale Restricted in Close Vicinity to School Campus
09th August: The sale of junk food within 50 m of the school campus has been restricted by FSSAI. Even the advertisement has also been banned. FSSAI aims to promote a safe, nutritious diet among school children.
FBOs Get More Time from FSSAI for Complying with Food Safety Regulations
28th June: The FSSAI has decided to provide additional time to FBOs (Food Business Operators) and distribution agencies to comply with Food Safety and Standards (Recovery and Distribution of Surplus Food) Regulations, 2019. In a Notification dated June 25th June 2020, the timeline for compliance has been extended till 1st January 2021.
Feb 22, 2020: Food Safety A Marathon- FSSAI CEO
New Delhi- The country has not addressed all the matters of food safety and nutrition, through the food industry has “perfectly diagnosed the disease and produced a treatment regimen,” said outgoing FSSAI chief executive, in a social media post, directed to food companies
Feb 17, 2020: Coronavirus Outbreak- FSSAI Working To Improve Hygiene At Food And Meat Markets
In the view of the deadly coronavirus infection originating from a meat market in China, India’s food regulators FSSAI ( Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) announced it has raised efforts to enhance hygiene and sanitation in the country.