Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Registration

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FSSAI: - Food Safety and Standards Authority of India - An Overview

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a statutory body established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, which consolidates various acts & orders that have hitherto handled food-related issues in various Ministries and Departments. FSSAI has been created for laying down science-based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale, and import, ensuring availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption. Food businesses in India must obtain a license or registration from FSSAI to operate. The type of license depends on the scale of the business and the nature of its activities.

Process of FSSAI Registration

Based on the size and nature of your business, determine whether you need basic FSSAI registration (for small businesses) or a state/central license. Small-scale food organisations having annual Turnover of up to Rs. 12 lakhs are eligible for FSSAI registration as otherwise they need to go for License.

Visit the FSSAI’s official website and choose the appropriate form (Form A for registration and Form B for state and central licensing). Fill out the form with accurate business details.

Along with the application form, upload the required documents. Make sure all documents are valid and up-to-date.

After submitting the application online, pay the required fee for registration or licensing. The fee varies depending on the type of registration or license.

Once the application is submitted, it might be inspected by FSSAI officials. The authorities may visit your business location to check if the operations comply with the FSSAI guidelines.

After successful verification and approval of your application, the FSSAI registration certificate or license will be issued. This certificate/license will contain your FSSAI number and the logo, which should be prominently displayed at the place of business.

FSSAI licenses and registrations need to be renewed periodically, as they have a validity period ranging from 1 to 5 years. Ensure that you apply for renewal before the expiry date. Also, comply with the FSSAI regulations and guidelines for food safety post-registration.

Documents Required for FSSAI Registration

Basic FSSAI Registration

Aadhaar card of the applicant

PAN of the applicant

Passport size Photo of the Applicant

Aadhaar Card/ Passport of proposed Directors

Either Voter ID, Passport, or Driving License of the Shareholders and Directors.

Basic FSSAI Registration

Aadhaar card of the applicant

PAN of the applicant

Passport size Photo of the Applicant

Business address proof

(Incorporation Documents MOA, AOA, Partnership Deed, GST Number etc.)

Water Testing Report

Bank Account Details

List of food products to be manufactured or processed.

Municipality NOC

Blu Print/Layout of the business place

IEC Code

Advantages of FSSAI Registration

FSSAI registration legitimizes a business, ensuring it adheres to the laws and regulations set by the FSSAI. It provides a legal advantage, particularly in case of any disputes or legal actions.

An FSSAI license enhances the credibility of a business. It assures customers that the food products are safe to consume and meet the quality standards set by the authority.

With increasing consumer awareness about food safety and quality, an FSSAI license helps in building trust among consumers. It signals that the business prioritizes food safety and is committed to offering quality products.

For businesses looking to expand in new markets or trade internationally, having an FSSAI license is often a prerequisite. It facilitates easier business expansion and entry into new markets.

Businesses can use the FSSAI logo on their products, which can be a powerful marketing tool. The logo communicates to consumers that the food adheres to the standard quality and safety norms.

Registered businesses are more likely to receive financial support from banks and investors. Additionally, they might qualify for government loans and funding opportunities.

FSSAI registration ensures that the business is compliant with the food safety and standard laws. This reduces the risk of legal complications and heavy penalties associated with non-compliance.

Compliance with FSSAI standards often leads to improvements in the quality of food products, which can drive customer satisfaction and repeat business.

Fee Structure for FSSAI

Types/CategoryRegistration -1 year
State-1 yearCentral – 1 yearRailways – 1 year
New ApplicationRs. 100Rs. 2000Rs. 7500Rs. 2000
Renewal ApplicationRs. 100Rs. 2000Rs. 7500Rs. 2000
License/Certificate Modification
Rs. 100Rs. 2000Rs. 7500Rs. 2000
Duplicate Certificate/License10% of the applicable certificate fee10% of the applicable license fee10% of the applicable license fee10% of the applicable certificate fee

Note: The validity of the FSSAI license and certificate is of 5 years.

Penalties for violation of FSSAI License

OffencePublic Entities CoveredFine

Quality issue with the products

Seller

Rs. 2 lakh
Misbranded food products-Rs. 3 lakh
Misleading information or advertisement
Publisher or people involved in publishing
Rs. 10 lakh
Sub-standard FoodManufacturer, Importer, Seller and DistributorRs. 5 lakh
Not complying with FSOFBO or importerRs. 2 lakh
FBO or importerProcessor or ManufacturerRs. 1 lakh
Rs. 2 lakhManufacturer, Importer, Seller and DistributorRs. 1 lakh

FAQs

FSSAI stands for the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. It’s an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, responsible for protecting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.

Any business involved in the manufacturing, processing, storage, distribution and sale of food products must obtain an FSSAI license or registration.

There are three types: FSSAI Basic Registration (for small businesses), State FSSAI License (for medium-sized businesses) and Central FSSAI License (for large businesses).

You can apply online through the FSSAI licensing portal. The process involves submitting the required documents and paying the applicable fee.

Common documents include a photo ID of the business owner, proof of business premises, kitchen layout plan, list of food categories, partnership deed/certificate of incorporation and a no-objection certificate from the local municipality.

Yes, FSSAI registration is for small food businesses with an annual turnover of up to Rs. 12 lakhs. Licensing is for businesses with a turnover exceeding Rs. 12 lakhs.

FSSAI licenses can be issued for a period of 1 to 5 years, depending on the choice of the food operator. They need to be renewed before expiry.

Operating without a valid FSSAI license can lead to legal penalties, including fines and imprisonment.

An FSSAI license is non-transferable. In case of death of the license holder, the license can be transferred to the legal heir or representative.

Compliance is ongoing. Regular inspections and audits are conducted, and businesses need to maintain food safety management systems as per FSSAI guidelines.

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