The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) certificate has now become mandatory for all manufacturers, traders, restaurants and those who are involved in food business, commonly termed as Food Business Operators (FBOs). Therefore, any organized food manufacturing or processing or packaging or distributing entity is now required to obtain a FSSAI License before commencing business.
FSSAI Registration Procedure
FSSAI registration is a licence granted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India that allows businesses to carry on business activities in relation to food manufacturing or processing or packaging or distributing.
No. Petty retailer, hawker, itinerant vendor or a temporary stallholder or small scale or cottage or such other industries relating to food business or tiny food business operator are exempt from obtaining FSSAI License.
FSSAI license can be mainly divided into two categories, state level license and central license. Hotels, Restaurants, Millers with production of less than 1MT per day and other small or medium scale manufactures come under the state level license. Food importers, caterers catering to Railways, Air, Defense establishments and large scale food manufacturers come under the purview of the central license.
There will be different license issued under FSSA as requirement of each product is different.
The application for FSSAI License in the prescribed format along with identity and address proof of the promoters, proof of possession of the premises where the food business is undertaken and the entity’s incorporation certificate or registration certificate must be submitted. In case of food manufactures or processors, additional information such as list of equipment, layout of the unit, category of foods manufactured, etc., maybe required.
Food licence is granted for 1 or 2 years and can be renewed later.
Operating food business without FSSAI registration is punishable with imprisonment of upto six months and also with a fine of not more than five lakh rupees.
FSSAI Registration for hotels, restaurants, small food packaging unit manufacturers.
FSSAI Registration for hotels, restaurants, medium and large size food manufacturers.
FSSAI Registration for hotels, restaurants, medium and large size food manufacturers with MSME/SSI and IEC registration.
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