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FSSAI Registration

What is FSSAI?

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. It ensures the food products undergo quality checks thereby curtailing the food adulteration and sale of sub-standard products. It is responsible for the registering and licensing of the Food Business Operators (FBO) in India and it lays down the rules and regulation for running the food business in India.

FSSAI registration and FSSAI license:

FSSAI Registration:

FSSAI registration is required for a category of food business which is called petty food business. Petty food business or petty food operator is defined as an FBO who is a manufacturer or sells any article of food himself as a petty retailer, hawker, itinerant vendor or temporary stallholder. If an FBO distributes foods in any religious or social gathering and the turnover does not exceed Rs 12 lakhs. FBOs in this category are required to obtain an FSSAI registration by submitting an application for registration in Form A. FSSAI registration certificate contains the registration number and a photo of the applicant. FBO has to display this certificate at the place of food business at all times while carrying on the food business and registration is required to be renewed every year.

FSSAI License:

Any person or company which cannot be categorized as a petty FBO is required to obtain an FSSAI license for operating a food business in India. An applicant can apply for an FSSAI license which is of two types, State FSSAI License and Central FSSAI License. Based on the annual turnover and presence in one or more states, FBOs need to apply for State or Central License. Any large food business which is manufacturing, processing, transporting and importing food products require central FSSAI license while medium-sized food manufacturers, processor, and transporters need a State License. The fee and process of obtaining an FSSAI license is more complex than securing an FSSAI registration. FSSAI license application is made in Form B while for FSSAI registration, the applicant is required to fill Form A.

BENEFITS OF FSSAI

Consumer Awareness:

The consumers have become more alert and informative about the quality of the food which they eat. With the number of diets and increasing of the healthy eating food options, people are required to know as to what they are consuming is not just safe but is of really good quality.

Legal Advantage:

Most of the businesses identify getting an FSSAI license as an expensive, time consuming and an inconvenient process of documentation, thus they try to avoid getting the license. But, in reality, the process is not so cumbersome and there are a lot of consultancies that can help you get the license with ease. The actual cost which is required in order to achieve the license is less than what you will have to pay for it as the penalties if you are caught. It is thus advisable for any businessman to firstly get the license before you can even officially open your business.

Business Expansion:

When the time comes for your business to expand in other areas or outlets, you can easily do so with the use of your FSSAI license. The license will help you to establish your reputation and also qualification to grow your business in a new direction with ease. Moreover, the license can also make it easier for you to get bank loans and for funding which is required for expansion.

Build Goodwill:

Being a FSSAI registration or license holder can enhance the goodwill of the Food Business operator as the FSSAI registration or license gives assurance to the to the consumer regarding the quality standard of food.

Required Documents for FSSAI Basic Registration

 Photo identity of the Food Business Operator

 Document for Identity Proof like Ration Card, Voter ID Card, PAN Card, Driving License, Passport, Aadhaar Card, Senior Citizen Card, Department Issued ID

 List of products planned

 Form – B (completed and signed)

 Partnership Deed / Certificate of Incorporation / Articles of Association / Memorandum of Association

 Proof of premises like rental agreement, etc

 Food safety management system plan

 Supporting Documents (if any) like NOC by Municipality/Panchayat, Health NOC

 Source of the raw materials

 Water test reports

 Codes for import and export( if any)

 Equipment list

 Partners and directors list

Documents Required for FSSAI State License

 Form B duly completed and signed

 Plan of the processing unit showing the dimensions and operation-wise area allocation

 List of Directors/ Partners/ Proprietor with address, contact details, and photo ID

 Name and list of equipment and machinery used with the number and installed capacity

 List of food category to be manufactured

 Authority letter from manufacturer nominated a responsible person name and address

 Analysis report of water to be used in the process to confirm the portability

 Proof of possession of premises- Electricity Bill (latest)

 Rent Agreement, if applicable

 2 Passport Size Photographs - (Proprietor / Partner / Director)

 Property Tax Bill of Business premises

 Shop & Establishment Certificate with Professional Tax Certificate

 PAN of the Business (Partnership / Private Limited Company / LLP)

 MOA /AOA of Private Limited Company and LLP Agreement of LLP

 Certificate of Incorporation of LLP / Private Limited Company

 Partnership deed/ affidavit of proprietorship

 B. U. Permission / Impact Fee Receipt

 Medical Certificate of Workers

 NOC and copy of License from the manufacturer

 Copy of certificate obtained under Coop Act 1861/Multi state Coop Act 2002

Documents Required for FSSAI Central License

 Form B duly completed and signed

 PAN CARD (Proprietor / Partner / Director)

 Address Proof and Identity of the Partners/ Proprietor/ Director

 List of Directors/ Partners/ Proprietor with address and contact details

 PAN of the Business (Partnership / Private Limited Company / LLP)

 MOA /AOA of Private Limited Company and LLP Agreement of LLP

 Certificate of Incorporation of LLP / Private Limited Company

 Partnership deed

 Plan of the processing unit showing the dimensions and operation-wise area allocation

 Name and list of equipment and machinery used for manufacturing along with Quantity, details of Horse Power and Production Capacity

 Photographs of Machinery and Lab Instruments

 List of food category to be manufactured

 List of products along with ingredient and additives list to be manufactured

 Authority letter from manufacturer nominated a responsible person name and address

 BIS Certificate (Required for Packaged Drinking Water only)

 Source of raw material for milk, meat etc (only required for Milk/ meat unit)

 Ministry of Commerce Certificate for 100% EOU

 IE code document issued by DGFT

 Certificate from Ministry of Tourism

 Proof of possession of premises- Electricity Bill (latest)

 Index Copy (if the applicant id the owner of the place)

 Rent Agreement, if applicable

 Property Tax Bill of Business premises

 Blueprint of the area (Layout Plan)

 FSSAI License Certificate of Manufacturer along with NOC copy (required for Re-Packer)

 Shop & Establishment Certificate with Professional Tax Certificate

 Balance Sheet and P&L Statement of Financial Year (For Wholesaler/Retailer/ Supplier/Distributor KOB)

 NOC and copy of License from the manufacturer

 Food safety management system plan or certificate

 NOC from the municipality or local body

 CGWA NOC if the water is been used from bore-well, if not than an undertaking of water supply along with valid proof (If the units are situated within the limits of Gandhinagar, Kalol, Mansa and Mehsana)

 Supporting document for proof of turnover and transportation

 Analysis report of water to be used in the process to confirm the portability

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For FSSAI Registration:

Day 1 Preliminary Requirements:

 Provide basic details & documents required for registration.

Day 2-3 Collection and Collation of Documents and Informations

 Filling the form for registration

 Gather the necessary documents

Day 4 Final Application filing

 Making applications for registration under FSSAI.

Day 6 Approval

 Government processing time

For State and Central FSSAI License:

Day 1 Preliminary Requirements:

 Provide basic details & documents required for registration.

Day 2-3 Collection and Collation of Documents and Informations

 Filling the form for registration

 Gather the necessary documents

Day 4 Final Application filing

 Making applications for registration under FSSAI.

Day 6 Approval

 Government processing time

Eligibility for applying for an FSSAI registration

Items / Dealers Capacity
Food capacity (Milk & milk products, meat & meat products are not allowed) Less than 100 kg/ltr per day
Milk 500 litres per day
Milk solids 2.5 Metric Ton (MT) per annum
Vegetable oil or the process Turnover of up to 100 kg or ltr per day
Meat processing production More than 100 kgs per day or 30 MT per day
Slaughtering capacity Less than 2 large animals or 10 small animals or 50 poultry birds per day
Food units other than the above mentioned 100 ltr/Kg per day
Cold storage Turnover of up to Rs.12 lakhs per annum
Wholesalers The yearly turnover of up to Rs.12 lakhs
Retailers The yearly turnover of up to Rs.12 lakhs
Distributors The yearly turnover of up to Rs.12 lakhs
Suppliers The yearly turnover of up to Rs.12 lakhs
Dhaba owners Rs.12 lakhs turnover per annum
Clubs/Canteen Rs.12 lakhs turnover per annum
Hotels/Restaurant Rs.12 lakhs turnover per annum
Transporters Rs.12 lakhs turnover per annum