Any person who is involved in food business in India has to mandatorily apply for an FSSAI license as per the FSSAI Regulation 2011. Depending on the type of business, the Government has several thresholds prescribed; crossing which, there is an absolute need to apply for the FSSAI License. The set thresholds are on the basis of turnover, production, installed capacity, star rating, vehicles possessed for food transport, etc. Irrespective of whether the individual is the owner of a commercial unit or a home-based food supplier, whether the mode is online or offline, the scope is very wide. It covers all food service providers which include hotels, restaurants or boarding houses, clubs serving food, canteens at commercial places and educational institutions, catering service providers, food vendors, persons dealing with organic products, etc.
A basic FSSAI license has to be procured by individuals operating in the food space who have an annual turnover of up to INR 12 lakhs. All businesses in the food spectrum, whether manufacturers, retailers, storage and transporters, distributors will require this license, such as:
State and central permits are the two broad categories of FSSAI licensing. These licenses are more complex, detailed and extensive than the FSSAI Registration process. While registration can be obtained easily in a week by filling particulars of Form A, the licensing process is likely to take longer after Form B has been furnished.
For those businesses that have a turnover of more than INR 12 lakhs but less than 20 crores, a State License is required.
While each state is empowered to fix its own fee, in Delhi, the fee for obtaining a new license is as follows:
|About 1MT per day Production||Rs. 5000|
|10,001 to 50,000 LPD of milk or 501 to 2500 MT of milk solids per annum||Rs. 5000|
|Below 1MT of production||Rs. 3000|
|501 to 10,000 LPD of milk or 2.5MT to 500 MT of milk solids per annum||Rs. 3000|
|Hotels upto 4 Star||Rs. 5000|
|All food Service providers including restaurants/boarding houses,clubs,etc. serving food,Canteens (Schools,Colleges, Office, Institutions),Caterers,Banquet halls with food catering |
arrangements, food vendors like dabbawallas & other food Business Operator
The trigger limits for obtaining the State license for some of the popular businesses are as follows:
Businesses having a turnover above INR 20 crores should apply for a central license. This fee is capped at INR 7,500 per year for both new licenses as well as renewals. The license is issued for a maximum period of five years.
The trigger limits for obtaining the central license for some of the popular businesses are as follows:
A detailed list of documents and forms required can be obtained by accessing the official FSSAI website at https://foodlicensing.fssai.gov.in/indexSL_DL.aspx and scrolling down to the bottom of the screen to Form B and documents required under the Central License and State License tabs, respectively.
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