What is FSSAI License?

FSSAI License is issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Family Health & Welfare, Government of India. FSSAI License is a license or registration required to be obtained by all food manufacturing, processing, distributing or packaging entity.

This License is governed by The Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006. This Act focuses on improving the hygiene and quality of food available in the market for sale. As per the Act, no person shall commence or carry on any food business except under a FSSAI license or FSSAI registration.

Food License is mandatory for Starting a food business in India. Registration with FSSAI department is mandatory irrespective of the sales turnover of food products. Whether you are a manufacturer or trader or wholesaler or retailer or exporter or importer of food products or supplying raw materials to manufacturer then mandatory you need to obtain 14 digit FSSAI License or FSSAI Registration Number. As per the Food packaging guidelines, FSSAI Registration Number must be printed on every food packages & License should be displayed on the premises of FBO.

What are the Types of FSSAI License?

 

FSSAI, however, issues three different types of food licenses which are:

1. Central License
2. State License
3. Basic Registration

The three licenses, however, differ on the basis of the scale of operation of the food business which is being carried out. The following is the detailed information on the three food licenses.

  1. FSSAI Registration Central License: Food business operators such as the Importers, 100% Export Oriented Units, large manufacturers, operators in the Central Government agencies, airports, seaports etc are however required to obtain a Central Food License. The Central license is issued by the Central Government. Furthermore, FBOs have to obtain the Central License for their head office, and if they have operations in more than 1 state.
    It is thus mostly for the units who are having an annual turnover which is greater than 20 crores. The maximum tenure of this license is 5 years and the minimum is 1 year.
  2.  FSSAI Registration State License: Food business operators like small to medium-sized manufacturers, storage units, transporters, retailers, marketers, distributors etc. are however required to obtain the Fssai State License. The State License is issued by the State Government and it is important that you have operations in only 1 state, in order to obtain the State license. It is thus mostly for the units having an annual turnover of more than 12 lakh. The maximum tenure of this license is 5 years and the minimum is 1 year.
  3. FSSAI Registration: The Food business operators like petty food manufacturers and also the small-sized manufacturers, storage units, transporters, retailers, marketers, distributors etc are thus required to obtain the FSSAI Registration. The FSSAI Registration is however issued by the State Government. Depending upon the eligibility, an FBO can thus fall under the State or Registration license. It is thus mostly for the units having an annual turnover which is up to 12 lakh. The maximum tenure of this license is 5 years and the minimum is 1 year.
    (Basic License can be obtained in 3 working days)

 

A. Documents Required for FSSAI Registration For Online FSSAI Registration.

  1. Aadhaar card of the Business owner.
  2. Scan copy of the signature.
  3. Scan of Photographs.
  4. Detail about the business activity.
  5. Declaration about the Business place.

 

B. Documents Required for FSSAI State License

  1. Documents List
  2. Declaration Form.
  3. Aadhaar card of the Business owner.
  4. Scan copy of the signature.
  5. Scan of Photographs.
  6. MOA/AOA / Partnership deed ( As Applicable ).
  7. Company GST No if available.
  8. Detail about the business activity & List of food products.
  9. Authority letter in the favor of the consultant.
  10. NOC from Property owner long with rent agreement.
  11. Electricity bills of business / Factory / Warehouse.
  12. In case of Transporter applying for FSSAI license need to provide RC of vehicles along with a declaration.
  13. NOC from Brand owner in case you are doing re-packaging business.
  14. Additional Documents for Food Manufacture
  15. Factory blueprint.
  16. List of Machine with photographs.
  17. List of Food item proposed to be manufactured.
  18. Water Ground report (DO can demand).
  19. Product Testing report in few cases.

 

C. Documents required for FSSAI Central License For FSSAI Central License

 

All documents same as above in case of state license.

  1. Audited balance sheet in case Food Manufacture is applying for a Central license.
  2. IEC Code in case FSSAI license is to be applied for Export / Import.

Procedure for Getting FSSAI Registration in India

  1. Plan your business.
  2. Identify your food business annual turnover
  3. Understand the type of license required for your business
  4. Complete the required documentation
  5. Pay the Challan
  6. Submit all the documents to the designated office
  7. Go through the Inspection process
  8. Follow up and License Completion.