Every day, more than a hundred businesses are launched that work around food – from dairy and meat to vegetables, spices, and beverages. But does anybody really know whether the eatables coming on to our plates are palatable? The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) license is aimed at doing just that. The basic legislative intent behind introducing food license is to keep a tab on the quality of the output of food products. As it is an accepted fact that food has got increased of chances of getting contaminated due to reasons like unhygienic processing, improper collection, exposure to temperature and air or when it is being sold past it shelf life, a governing body to regulate the industry practice was needed. Hence, the FSSAI undertakes scientific food safety management and works closely with businesses to ensure that the food that is made available to people is safe for human consumption.
Irrespective of whether the individual is an owner of a commercial unit or is a home-based food supplier, whether the mode is online or offline, all eligible businesses in the food spectrum, from manufacturers, retailers, storage and transporters, distributors will require this license. Since the scope is very wide, it covers all food service providers, including hotels, restaurants, boarding houses, clubs etc. serving food, canteens of offices and educational institutions, caterers, banquet halls with food catering arrangements, food vendors like dabbawalas etc.
The FSSAI license is usually issued by the State Government. However, for food operators that operate in more than one state, the Head Office needs to apply for a Central license. Further, importers and exporters need to apply for the Central License.
The following are the consequences of not possessing a valid FSSAI license:
Most importantly, as FSSAI aims to improve the standards for the wholesomeness of food, the State governments often review existing procedures for manufacturing/storage of food grains, milk, spices, meat and other consumables.
If a business owner does not apply for a license despite meeting eligibility guidelines, then he or she is potentially losing out on improving the procedures and standards of quality.
Know the food license category you should have to apply for your food business.
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