The FSSAI is the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. It is responsible for issuing FSSAI registration and safeguarding consumers' health by ensuring that food products meet certain safety and quality standards.
All food businesses must obtain a license or registration from the FSSAI. The food business operator must apply for the license or registration in the prescribed form and the prescribed fees to the licensing authority. The FSSAI has prescribed different types of licenses and registrations for different food businesses based on their nature and scale of operation. The food business operator must apply for a license appropriate for their business.
FSSAI registration ensures that your premises, equipment, and food handling practices meet food safety standards. FSSAI registration number is a 14-digit unique licensing number allocated by FSSAI to concerning food business operators as per their eligibility criteria described under the FSS act 2006.
Once you have obtained your license number and FSSAI logo, you must display it on your food products so that consumers can easily identify whether a food product is safe to consume or not.
Types of FSSAI Registration
FSSAI has categorized its licensing into three types. Each type of FSSAI registration has different eligibility criteria and requirements. So, it is important to choose the right one for your business.
FSSAI Basic Registration: This is for small-scale food businesses with an annual turnover of up to INR 12 lakh.
FSSAI State License: This is for food businesses with an annual turnover of more than INR 12 lakh but less than INR 20 crore.
FSSAI Central License: This is for food businesses with an annual turnover of more than INR 20 crore or FBOs operating in multiple states or on central government premises.
FSSAI Registration Eligibility
All the small-scale food business operators with an annual turnover of less than Rs.12 Lakh are required to have an FSSAI Basic registration. The following food businesses are eligible for FSSAI registration:
Small scale retailers, wholesalers
Petty dairy units
Hawkers, food vendors
FSSAI license Eligibility
The FSSAI license is classified into two categories, i.e. State License and Central License, depending upon the nature and size of food businesses.
Food business operators such as manufacturers, 3-star hotel business owners, and transporters have an annual turnover between Rs. 12 lakh to Rs. 20 crore are required to have an FSSAI State license from the licensing authorities.
FBO is commencing in food products like proprietary food, import-export, or food manufacturer operating in multiple states or having an annual turnover of more than Rs. 20 Crore per annum or operating in central government premises must have an FSSAI Central license to commerce in India.
Procedure for Obtaining FSSAI Registration
Step-1 online Application
FBOs must file an Online FSSAI registration form on FosCos respectively according to the nature of their businesses and upload all the required documents and supporting documents along with the registration fee. After the successful submission, an application reference number will be provided to them, which can be used to track the status of your application. You can use our free FSSAI application status checker tool to track the progress of your FSSAI registration application.
Step-2 Inspection by FSSAI authorities
The FSSAI food safety officer will conduct a thorough inspection of the premises to ensure that all the necessary compliance and food safety norms are followed.
Step-3 Clearance for approval
After the adequate assessment of the business premise and document, verification will be approved issuing of FSSAI registration or licence, depending upon the nature of the business, by the Food safety officer to concerned licensing authorities.
Step-4 Issuance of license
Once the approval is granted, FSSAI will issue a registration/licence unique 14-digit numerical numbers, which shall display during business hours and must be printed on all the products.
Documents Required for Obtaining FSSAI Registration/license
Legal identity proof like an Aadhar card
Detail of food business operator
NOC from the local administration
Form IX for basic registration
Source of raw material for manufacturing
A recall plan for produced food article
Layout setup of premise in detail and dimensions should be in meters
COOP-act 1861 and multi-state act 2002 certification is required
For 100% EOU certificate from the ministry of commerce is required
A food safety management plan must be in place
In the case of hotels, NOC from the Ministry of tourism is compulsory
Source of the raw material
List of types of equipment and machinery with number
A chemical examination report of water is needed
FSSAI Licence Cost
Concerned Food business operators need to pay the FSSAI registration fees and FSSAI food license fee at the time of submitting the registration form on FosCos website
FSSAI Basic Registration fee is Rs. 100 per annum.
FSSAI State License cost is Rs. 2,000 - 5,000 per annum.
FSSAI Central License cost is Rs. 7,500 + 18% GST per annum.
Types of FSSAI Registration/Licence
FSSAI Basic registration
Rs. 100 per annum
FSSAI State license
Rs. 2,000-5,000 + 18% GST per annum
FSSAI Central license
Rs. 7,500 per annum
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.
Benefits of FSSAI Registration
Acquiring an FSSAI licence can provide food business operators with statutory privileges over un-registered FBOs in the food industry.
Ensures food quality and food safety for the consumers.
Create consumer awareness and helps in the growth of the businesses.
Helps regulate the manufacturing, distribution, storage, and transportation of food articles.
FSSAI logo on-premises indicates that the premises comply with FASSI standards and guidelines.
Compliances and Penalty
All licensed and registered food business operators under the FSSAI must comply with the rules and regulations laid down by FSSAI under the FSS act, 2006.
The following penalties are put into effect by authorities for Non-compliance with FSSAI.
Offences under FSSAI
Misbranding of food items
Rs. 3 lakh
Adulteration of food
Rs. 10 lakh or imprisonment
Fine up to Rs. 10 lakh
Low-grade food products
Fine up to Rs. 5 lakh
Non-compliance with guidelines of food safety officer
Can be fined up to Rs. 2 lakh
FSSAI Registration Renewal
FSSAI registration renewal is as important as getting a new registration. The license is issued for the validity of 1-5 years. Hence all the food business operators must file for FSSAI renewal 30 days before the due date. FBOs who fail to renew their FSSAI registration shall be deemed unfit to commence any business as per guidelines.
You can use our free FSSAI license checker tool to know the exact validity due date of your registration to avoid late renewal or cancellation.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the FSSAI registration fees?
The FSSAI registration fee for basic registration is Rs. 100 per annum
The FSSAI state license fee is Rs. 2,000 - 5,000 per annum
The FSSAI central license fee is Rs. 7,500 per annum
How many days it will take to get FSSAI registration?
It will take 25 to 30 working days to get FSSAI registration from licensing authorities.
Types of FSSAI registration
FSSAI registration is classified into three licensing categories.
FSSAI Basic registration
FSSAI State license
FSSAI central License
Is FSSAI registration mandatory?
According to the guidelines of the FSSAI governing body, all kinds of food business operators are required to have an FSSAI registration or License as per their eligibility criteria.
Do petty food businesses needs FSSAI registration
Yes, petty food business operators are expected to have a Basic FSSAI registration as per guidelines.
What is the FSSAI registration limit?
An FBO with a turnover less than Rs. 12 lakh per annum is eligible for FSSAI Basic registration.
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