FSSAI License and Registration
FSSAI License and Registration is required for any food business in India that manufactures, stores, transports, or distributes food. Depending on the size and nature of the company, FSSAI registration or license may be required. In the FSSAI Registration process, the FBO will get a 14 digit number that needs to be printed on food packages. Obtaining a FSSAI license can provide the food business with legal benefits, build goodwill, ensure food safety, create consumer awareness, and assist in business expansion. Mera Online CA can help you obtain an FSSAI license throughout the country very quickly. We also help to get FSSAI registration. Our experts will guide you in selecting the proper food category and license.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a legal authority that offers a food license to all food business operators (FBO) in India.
As per Section 31(1) Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, every Food Business Operator in the country must be licensed under the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The FSSAI licensing and registration procedure and requirements are regulated by the Food Safety & Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Regulations, 2011.
Food Business Operators Who Require FSSAI Registration?
The Food Business Operators (FBOs) carrying on the following kinds of the food business must have FSSAI License/Registration:
FSSAI Registration/FSSAI License
FSSAI registration is provided based on the business types, turnover, and production capacity. According to the installed capacity and turnover, FBOs are eligible for essential, central, and state licenses.
FSSAI Registration is mandatory for petty food manufacturers or the FBO having a turnover of less than Rs.12 Lakhs unless the FBO is covered under compulsory licensing.
The petty FBO who manufactures or sells food items, a hawker, little retailer, itinerant vendor, temporary stall-holder, or small-scale industries relating to food business who comply with the following conditions must obtain an FSSAI registration certificate.
For a better understanding, go through the following table:
|1||Food production capacity (other than milk and meat)||Up to 100 kg/ltr per day|
|2||Procurement, handling, and collection of milk||Up to 500 ltr per day|
|3||Slaughtering capacity||Two large animals or ten small animals, or 50 poultry birds per day or less|
FSSAI registration number will be granted by the State Licensing Authority, and its carries 14 digits in it, but the first digit starts with 2.
FSSAI License is mandatory for businesses having a turnover of more than 12 lakh or by the FBO engaged in food processing and manufacturing. The FSSAI License is categorized into two types Central and State License. FSSAI license carries 14 digits, wherein the first digit starts with 1. FBOs need to get the state license or the central license depending on the size of their business.
Medium-size processors, manufacturers, traders, marketers, or transporters require the FSSAI state license from the state government.
The FBO has an annual turnover of more than Rs.12 lakh but not exceeding Rs.20 crore, is considered a medium-sized FBO and must obtain a state license.
The FBO must get a central license when its annual turnover crosses Rs.20 crore.
A large-sized business processing, transporting, manufacturing, and having international trade of food products needs to obtain the FSSAI central license. The FBO having an annual turnover of more than Rs.20 crore is considered a large business and must obtain an FSSAI central license from the Central Government.
Difference between FSSAI Registration and FSSAI License
|Particulars||FSSAI Registration||FSSAI License|
|Turnover Limit||Businesses having an annual turnover not exceeding Rs.12 lakh||Companies having an annual turnover of more than Rs.12 lakh|
|Types||Basic Registration||FSSAI Central License and FSSAI State License|
|Size of Business||Petty food business operators||Medium and large-sized food business operators and food businesses|
|Duration||Duration depends on the applicability of the registration||Issued for a period of a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years|
|Application||Form A||Form B|
|Fees for Registration/License||Fixed at Rs.100 per year.||It varies from Rs.2000 to Rs.7500 per year, depending on the criteria and type of license.|
|Publication||The FBO should display the FSSAI registration on the office premises, and the registered number should be displayed on the product package.||The exporter, importer, traders, and producers have to mandatorily publish the FSSAI license number on the package of the products.|
Benefits of Procuring FSSAI Food License
Obtaining an FSSAI license can provide the food business with the following benefits:
The registration number displayed on the food premises indicates that the premises comply with hygiene and quality standards.
Validity of FSSAI License/Registration
The FSSAI License / Registration will be issued for 1 to 5 years, as chosen by the Food Business Operator, from the date of issue of registration or license. The FBO must apply for renewal 30 days before the expiry of the current request.
The FBO needs to pay the below-mentioned fee to obtain FSSAI License/Registration.
|1||FSSAI License||Rs.2000 to 7500 per year|
|2||Registration Certificate||Rs.100 per year|
|3||Modification of License and Certificate||Rs.1000 for the license and Rs.100 for the registration|
|4||Renewal of License and Certificate||Same as New license/Registration|
The documents required for obtaining the license or registration from the FoSCoS are as follows:
Documents for New FSSAI License
A list of documents required to be submitted when applying for a new FSSAI license and renewal/modification of permit was issued by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) vide a Notification dated 19th March 2021. With this Notification, FSSAI has come up with a KoB-wise list of documents to be submitted with the application for a license.
Click here to get the complete list of Documents required for the FSSAI License.
Documents for New FSSAI Registration Certificate
Documents for Renewal/Modification of License
Procedure to Apply for FSSAI License and Registration
The process to get the FSSAI License and Registration through the FoSCoS portal is explained in detail below.
Step1: The Food Business Operator (FBO) needs to access the official webpage of the Food Safety and Compliance System (FoSCoS) and click on the signup option from the homepage at the top right corner of the portal.
Step2: By clicking on signup, the FOB will be redirected to the signup page; provide all details, such as Name, Email ID, Mobile Number, Login ID, and Password, and click on the “Signup” button.
Step3: A verification code will be sent to the registered mail and mobile number. Furnish that verification code in the provided box and click on the “Submit” option to verify the details.
Step4: After successfully signing up, the FOB can enter the portal by entering the username and password.
Registration of Petty Food Business Operators
After login into the portal, click on the “Apply for Registration Certificate (Petty Food Business Operators)” option. After the verification of OTP, select the application for the New Registration option. A new application page will open, provide all details in the application for registration of Petty FBO and submit the application.
Procedure for New Application (Registration/License)
After login to the portal, the system will display the dashboard; click on the License/Registration option in the left menu and select the Apply for New License/Registration option.
Step1: Select the State and Read the Note before proceeding
Step2: Read the Group Heads of Kind of Business. Select Restaurant from food services Business Group Head
Step3: Choose the right Radio Button according to the turnover of your food business and Proceed to fill out the application
Step4: Fill in all the mandatory fields as shown in the application Form B
Step5: Please furnish the communication details with caution, and communication made by the authority will be done to the mentioned contact details viz Mobile Number or Email ID, etc
Step6: Upload the relevant set of documents. Pay the fee with available modes and click on apply.
Step7: After completing the fee payment, a receipt will be generated with a 17-digit reference number that can be used for future reference.
Procedure for Renewal
FBOs can submit a request to renew their existing issued licenses/ registrations using the Renewal tab. The renewal application needs to be submitted between the time frame of 120 days and 30 days before the date of the expiry of the license.
As soon as the FSSAI authorities issue the FSSAI registration certificate, the status will be displayed as ‘Registration Certificate Issued.’ The applicants can download the certificate by logging into the FoSCoS website.
FSSAI Penalty and Offenses
If any person or food business operator (except the persons exempted from licensing under sub-section (2) of section 31 of this Act), himself or by any person on his behalf who is required to obtain a license, manufacturers, sells, stores or distributes or imports any article of food without a permit, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months and also with a fine which may extend to five lakh rupees.
To ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption, the FSSAI Act prescribes several penalties and offenses for contravening.