FSSAI License Registration

FSSAI License Registration
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In the bustling world of Indian cuisine, ensuring the safety and quality of the food you serve is not just good practice—it's a legal necessity. Whether you're aspiring of opening a restaurant, running a bakery, managing a hotel kitchen, or setting up a food stall, one key step can't be skipped: getting your FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) registration/license.

FSSAI, established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, is an autonomous regulatory authority established under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to oversee the safety and hygiene of food products in India. The organization sets standards for food products and regulates their manufacturing, storage, distribution, sale, and import to ensure the safety of consumers. It is mandatory for Food Business Operators (FBOs) to print the 14-digit FSSAI license/registration number issued by the FSSAI on their food packages, as a mark of adherence to certain standards. The FSSAI licensing and registration procedure and requirements are regulated by the Food Safety & Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Regulations, 2011. The license is categorized based on the scale and nature of the food business. The license is valid for 1 to 5 years. FBOs are required to apply for renewal 30 days before its expiry to ensure periodic compliance.

The regulatory intricacies involved in FSSAI license registration can be intimidating for many businesses. Seedling recognizes the challenges faced by entrepreneurs and established businesses alike in navigating this complex regulatory landscape. Our mission is to simplify this journey for you by providing a comprehensive guide and assisting you every step of the way. We offer expert assistance to ensure that FBOs meet all the necessary requirements, adhere to standards, and smoothly acquire and renew their FSSAI licenses, thus fostering a safe and compliant food industry in India.

What are the advantages of having a FSSAI License in India?

Obtaining a FSSAI license can provide the food business with several benefits, including:

  1. Legal Benefits: The license provides legal advantages, enhancing the chance of legal enforcement and control over the food business.
  2. Food Safety Assurance: Ensures food safety in the entire process, from regulation and manufacturing to storage, distribution, and sale of imported food.
  3. Builds Goodwill and Trust: Consumers have faith that the authentic use of the FSSAI logo indicates that the premises comply with the relevant hygiene and quality standards.
  4. Consumer Awareness: Creates consumer awareness about the quality and safety of food products and prevents supply of unhealthy and adulterated food products.
  5. Access to Funds: Facilitates easy access to government funding and loans from investors, as FBOs with FSSAI registration are considered more reliable.
  6. Brand Value: Automatically enhances brand value, contributing to the credibility of the food business in the market.
  7. Business Expansion: FSSAI registration contributes in creating a substantial client base, thereby boosting business growth and leaving scope for business expansion to new locations.
  8. Government Recognition: Receives recognition from the Government of India, instilling customer trust and expanding the consumer base.
  9. Permit for Food Business: FSSAI License serves as a permit for the food business, ensuring the safety of customers in the industry.
  10. Benefits from Government Actions: In case of any non-compliance, the government will offer its help to the registered entity

Types of FSSAI Licenses Explained

FSSAI registration type depends on the type of business, its turnover, and production capacity.

  1. FSSAI Registration:FSSAI Registration is necessary for petty food manufacturers or FBOs with an annual turnover below Rs.12 Lakhs, unless covered under compulsory licensing. This category encompasses hawkers, small retailers, itinerant vendors, temporary stall-holders, and small-scale food industries complying with specified conditions. Applicants have to fill FSSAI basic registration form (Form A) for which the annual fees is a 100 rupees. The FSSAI Registration has to be displayed on both the office premises and product packaging.
  2. State License:For medium-sized processors, manufacturers, traders, marketers, or transporters, the FSSAI State License is mandated by the state government. FBOs with an annual turnover exceeding Rs.12 lakhs but not exceeding Rs.20 crores fall into this category. The State License involves Form B application and varies between 2000-5000 depending on the type of business.
  3. Central License:Large-sized businesses engaged in food processing, manufacturing, and international trade, with an annual turnover exceeding Rs.20 crores must obtain the FSSAI Central License from the Central Government, which involves Form B application and Rs. 7500 fee.

What are the documents required for FSSAI Registration in India?

  1. Photograph of the Applicant FBO
  2. Government-issued photo identities such as Aadhaar, PAN, Voter ID, etc.
  3. List of planned food products
  4. Proof of possession of office premises (rental agreement, utility bills, or NOC from owner)
  5. Business constitution certificate: certificate of incorporation/MOA/LLP agreement/partnership deed/MSME, GST, or Shop and Establishment certificate (as may be applicable)
  6. Certificate of Food Safety Management System being adopted
  7. Bank account information
  8. Supporting documents such as NOC by municipality or panchayat, Health NOC of all workers engaged in the firm
  9. Other than the above, certain additional documents are required for obtaining the state and central licenses:

  10. Plan of the processing unit including areas allotted, dimensions and operation-wise
  11. List of Directors/ Partners/ Proprietor with their address, contact details, and photo ID
  12. List of the equipment and machinery used along with its quantity and capacity
  13. Authority letter from manufacturer nominating a responsible person’s name and address
  14. Water analysis report for confirming its portability
  15. Source of raw materials
  16. Supporting documents for proof of turnover and transportation

Ensuring Food Safety Through FSSAI Compliance

FSSAI serves as the bedrock of food safety in the industry, surpassing mere regulatory compliance. Its role extends to championing consumer health and safety by setting stringent standards, monitoring adherence, and fostering an ecosystem where food quality is paramount. By upholding these standards, FSSAI becomes a linchpin, safeguarding the well-being of consumers and fostering trust in the food industry.

Common Mistakes to Avoid in FSSAI Registration

Steering clear of pitfalls in FSSAI registration involves meticulous attention to detail. Common mistakes in include incomplete documentation, inaccurate details, and failure to meet specific criteria. Avoiding these common mistakes requires a thorough understanding of guidelines, precision in submission, and the sagacity to seek professional assistance, thus ensuring a seamless registration process.

How much time is required to get a FSSAI license in India?

The process of document collection and form filling may take 8-10 days. Subject to application approval, the licensing authority is required to issue the license within 60 days from the day on which the FBO submitted a complete application.

How can Seedling help you with FSSAI registration in India?

Seedling transforms the complex web of FSSAI registration into an easy, personalized, and efficient procedure for your business. Our adept team, armed with years of experience and in-depth knowledge of regulations, doesn't just navigate the regulatory requirements; we sculpt an experience tailored to your business aspirations. From meticulous documentation to swift resolution of complexities, Seedling paves the way for a smooth and straightforward registration experience. Book our services to enjoy a quick and hassle-free FSSAI compliance journey.

Step-by-Step FSSAI Registration Guide

  1. The FBO must sign up on the official webpage of the Food Safety and Compliance System (FoSCoS) and click on “Apply for New License/Registration” option.
  2. Fill Form A (application for Registration) or Form B (application for State and Central License) as per your requirement and attach the required documents.
  3. Pay the fees using the available payment modes and click on “apply.”
  4. The Registering authority will either accept the registration or decline it by giving reasons in writing within 7 days of receiving the application.
  5. If required, the authority may issue a notice for inspection of the food premises.
  6. Once the authority is satisfied that the FBO meets all the criteria, an FSSAI registration certificate will be issued along with the registration number. The FBO can then commence its operations.

Most common question about our services

What is the significance of having an FSSAI license?

Having an FSSAI license is paramount for businesses as it ensures compliance with food safety regulations, upholds quality standards, and builds unwavering consumer trust. It not only safeguards public health but also acts as a mark of credibility and reliability in the competitive food industry landscape.

How do I determine the right type of FSSAI license for my business?

The type of FSSAI license is contingent on the scale and nature of your business operations. Basic Registration, State license, and Central licenses are tailored to accommodate businesses of different sizes. By assessing the scope and magnitude of your enterprise, you can make an informed choice to ensure regulatory compliance.

Can I operate without an FSSAI license?

No, operating without an FSSAI license is not permissible. FSSAI registration is mandatory for all businesses engaged in the production and distribution of food products. Non-compliance with this requirement can result in legal repercussions and hamper the credibility of the business.

What are the consequences of non-compliance with FSSAI regulations?

Non-compliance can result in penalties, legal actions, and damage to the reputation of the business. Sections 50 to 65 of the FSSAI 2006 outline several offenses: Selling food without an FSSAI license can result in imprisonment and a penalty of up to 5 lakhs. Offenses such as selling substandard or misbranded products carry penalties of 5 lakhs and 3 lakhs, respectively. Unethical production, processing, and storage of food can lead to a penalty of 1 lakh, while producing, processing, and storing food with unhealthy means can incur a similar penalty. Additionally, a penalty of 5 lakhs is imposed if someone suffers due to low-quality food. Failure to rectify mistakes may lead to business closure and license cancellation.

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