Any individual or an organization proposing to start a food business, Food business license or registration must be obtained from the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India, FSSAI. In this article, we will look at the process for obtaining a food business license in India:
Food business license or Food business registration under FSSAI, there are three types of licenses/registrations as under:
- Food business registration – State Government (Petty food business)
- Food business license – State Government (Medium food business)
- Food business license – Central Government (Large food business)
You can decide whether your business needs a food license of business or a food business registration.
What is FSSAI?
FSSAI stands for Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. It monitors and governs India’s food business. It also restricts the sale of adulterated and non-standard products in food or food products.
This organization is responsible for the registering and licensing of the food business operators in India. In addition, the organization has lays down rules and regulations for the running of food business.
Why is FSSAI Registration required?
Every food business operator involved in the manufacturing, processing, storage, and distribution and sale of food products must obtain a FSSAI registration or license compulsarily. FSSAI registration is different from FSSAI license. This means that depending on the size and nature of the business, the FBO have to obtain the required registration or license.
It is a 14-digit registration or a license number. It is printed on all the food packages. This registration procedure aims to create greater accountability on the FBOs in maintaining the quality of the food products.
FSSAI registration requirements
FSSAI registration is a basic license, which is required for all the FBO involved in the small-scale food businesses.
This category covers the following business:
- Any FBO whose annual turnover doesn’t exceed RS.12 lakhs
- Petty retailer dealing in food products
- Any person who manufactures or sells any food article by himself
- Food sale are done by the temporary stall holder
- Any individual who distributing food in any religious or social gathering other than a caterer
Small-scale or cottage businesses dealing in the food business and include:
- Food productivity up to 100 kg/ltr per day, except milk and meat
- Procurement, handling and collection of milk up to 500 ltr per day
- Slaughtering capacity 2 large animals or 10 small animals or 50 poultry birds per day
How much time does it take to get an FSSAI certificate?
If no action has been taken by the Registering Authority within 7 days from the date of submission of the application for registration, the FSSAI registration certificate will be issued on the 8th day after the application is filed.
If no action has been taken by the licensing authority on the application for licensing after the application ID has been issued on the basis of completed application for 60 days, the FSSAI license certificate will be issued on the 61+ day of filing of completed application. Further, if any application for the license isn’t mentioned in the bin of the licensing authority for more than 75 days, the license will be issued on the 76 day after the initial application is filed.