FSSAI Food License For Manufacturing - Process, Documents, Fee
Updated on April 20, 2023 12:01:33 PM
The Food safety and standard authority has now made it mandatory for all manufacturers to have an FSSAI food license for manufacturer through FSS ACT 2006.
This decision was taken to regulate the industry as the Indian food market is growing rapidly and adding hundreds of new FBOs each year. Thus it has become necessary to lay down new guidelines and rules to govern the food manufacturing sector for better food safety and standards.
FSSAI stands for Food Safety and Standards Authority, It is an organization under the government of India responsible for protecting and promoting public health in the country through regulation and supervision of the food safety Act 2006.
It is a unique 14-digit uniform license number given to FBOs, which contains details of food manufacturers.
It is mandatory for all businesses involved in the food manufacturing sector to get an FSSAI license/registration as per the nature of FBOs.
Prerequisite of having an FSSAI licence for food manufacturing
FSSAI license for manufacturers has many benefits. It ensures that your business meets the safety, hygiene, and professionalism standards required to be a food manufacturer.
Let’s look at this in detail:
Trust among customers
FSSAI licenses will ensure that your food manufacturing business complies with the hygiene standard. That makes customers feel assured that they buy safe and hygienic products from you. You thus generate their trust, which leads to more business for you.
Increase in revenue
The quality of your food products will improve through regular quality checks in the process of licensing, which makes you stand out from your competitors who are not licensed. Thus, it helps you build a good reputation and a great brand image, leading to greater customer loyalty and increasing your revenue.
FSSAI license for food manufacturing will allow you to grow and expand your business by selling on online marketplaces like Amazon as well as retailing in supermarkets.
Eligibility for FSSAI License For Manufacturer
The category of food manufacturers in India is vast and ranges from MNCs to small individuals, the criteria to acquire an FSSAI license as a manufacturer depends upon the nature of the kind of businesses (KOBs) of respective FBOs.
The FSSAI Licence is allocated to them based on these classifications:
Manufacturers, irrespective of turnover must obtain an FSSAI State license for manufacturing which includes petty businesses and small individuals running their home bakeries.
Food business operators with a turnover of more than 20cr rupees or units in more than one state and contractors getting central government contracts to run their businesses at airports, seaports, and railways are also required to have FSSAI central license from authorities.
Go to the FSSAI portal and press apply for license/registration.
Select your state.
Select the manufacturer license and choose your KOB from the list of subcategories of food manufacturing.
Fill out the mandatory form B.
Upload your required documents.
Pay the fee and submit the form.
After completion 17 digit application reference number will be generated and provided instantly by FSSAI.
Step-2 Inspection by FSSAI
After successfully applying, the concerned authorities will either accept or reject it within 7 working days.
If they reject your application, then an inspection will be held by a food safety officer at the premises.
Certification from the ministry of tourism in the case of hotels
NOC/PA issued by FSSAI
Food safety management plan
Must have certificate obtained under COOP-act 1861 and multi-state act 2002
The Source of raw materials must be provided
In the case of water used as an ingredient then must have a test report of water from the authorised test report from concerned authorities
FSSAI License fee for manufacturer
Classification of FSSAI license For manufacturer
FSSAI State license
Rs. 2,000-5,000 per year
FSSAI Central license
Rs. 7,500 + 18% GST per year
Note : As per the new norm of FSSAI. The applicants are required to pay only Initial fee of ₹1000 + 18% GST on it for their FSSAI licenses. However once the application is processed and passed by the licensing authorities then the rest of the differential amount i,e respective license fee along with differential GST has to be paid by the applicant within 30 working days. If the applicant failed to pay the amount then approval will be auto rejected.
Validity and renewal of FSSAI license
Validity of FSSAI license can be up to a maximum of 5 years and a minimum of 1 year and shall be renewed for every iteration.
The window for renewal shall be opened for a maximum of up to 180 days before the expiry date for the express renewal facility.
In the case renewal of a license is not filed till 30 days before the expiry date, a late fee of INR 100 per day is to be paid by FBO, along with an annual renewal fee.
In the case of FBOs filling for renewal from the 1st to 90th-day after the day of expiry, then they shall be charged 3 times the original annual fee respectively and 5 times after the 90th day from the day of expiry.
No renewal shall be allowed after 180 days from the original day of expiry.
Compliances and liability for food manufacturers
Manufacturers shall not employ any person with the contiguous disease.
All food products must be printed with a visible FSSAI license number and FSSAI logo.
The manufacturer, and seller, shall not supply any expired product.
Manufacturing shall not be done under unhygienic conditions.
All manufacturers must have an FSSAI license to operate.
Penalties for non-compliance for food manufacturers
1. Substandard food:
Any manufacturer or a person found indulging in selling or manufacturing substandard food, shall be liable to a penalty maximum of up to 5 lakh rupees.
If any person is misbranding their product or mislabelling, they shall be fined up to 3 lakh rupees.
3. Misleading advertisement:
Companies publishing misleading advertisements of their product that falsely describe the product or misleading as to the nature of substance or quality shall be liable to a penalty of up to 10 lakh rupees.
4. Illegal manufacturing:
Carrying out business without an FSSAI license is a criminal offence that may lead to 6 months of jail or a penalty of up to 10 lakh rupees.
If any person who imports or manufactures for sale, or stores, sells any adulterant shall be a liable penalty from 2 lakh rupees to 10 lakh rupees.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We manufacture only food additives, enzymes, and processing aids. Do I need an FSSAI food license for it?
Yes, FBOs manufacturing products covered under Substances added to food category such as Food Additives, Enzymes, Processing Aids, Nutrients, Flouring Agents, Functional Ingredients etc, shall obtain FSSAI license for manufacturing as per the eligibility criteria.
I have manufacturing units in multiple states. Will I be required to get a common license for the company or an individual license for each unit?
You will be required to obtain a Central License for the Head Office/Registered office of your company and an individual Central or State license or Registration Certificate for each manufacturing unit in a particular State/UT.
Is there a mandatory requirement for all Manufacturers to compulsorily set up an in-house food testing laboratory?
As per the condition of the License, FBOs involved in the manufacturing or processing of Oils shall have an in-house laboratory facility for analytical testing of products.
What kind of FSSAI Food license do milling unit owners need to obtain?
Milling units for pulse and grains need to have a state license irrespective of production capacity.
What is the fee for the FSSAI license for food manufacturing?
Fee for basic registration with FSSAI is Rs 100 per year.
FEE For state FSSAI license for food manufacturing can vary from Rs 2,000 - 5,000 per year.
Fee for a central FSSAI license for Food manufacturing is Rs. 7,500 per year.
Is it mandatory to have an FSSAI license for small manufacturers?
Yes, According to FSS ACT 2006 all FBOs must have a registration/license as per their nature of business.
How do I check my Food license status?
You can check your license status on the FosCos portal or You can check your Food License status using our FSSAI License Checker tool.
Under what circumstances can the license be suspended?
If the food business operator fails to comply with an improvement notice, his licence may be suspended.
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