Updated on September 20, 2022 04:57:03 PM
FSSAI stands for food safety and standard authority of India which is a legitimized autonomous institution under the ministry of health and family welfare and governed by food safety and standard ACT - 2006 with an objective to regulate, register, govern, and issue FSSAI registration to food business operators in India.
It has sets of rules and guidelines under food safety standard regulations 2011 to ensure the quality of products. It manages food testing standards and testing protocols to curtail contamination and illicit practices in the food industry.
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FSSAI registration is a 14-digit uniform numbering license and registration issued by FSSAI as per the FSS act 2006 to all food business operators, this registration number is required to be printed on all the food products as it provides.
Getting an FSSAI registration is an imperative duty for all food business operators ( FBO ) as per sections 31(1) & 31(2) of FSS ACT, 2006 to commerce in food business legally in India.
The food safety compliance system FosCoS is an online portal launched in 2020 by FSSAI for ease of providing licensing and registration to FBOs it’s an enhanced version of the (FLRS) Food licensing and registration system.
OBJECTIVE OF FosCos FSSAI
FSSAI registration comes with legal and monetary benefits such as:
FSSAI registration is only provided to those who met all the safety and quality compliances of the food safety and standard act thus license holder faces no legal hurdles from authorities.
Consumers often restrain themselves from buying products without FSSAI LOGO, the license holder can use its logo in the promotion of their brand to build trust among consumers.
FSSAI is a globally trusted food safety and standard authority thus having a food safety license from FSSAI can help businesses to export their products and to expand globally.
It helps in the regulation, manufacture, storage, distribution, and sale of imported goods.
All the businesses who are involved in the food sector are required to opt for FSSAI registration in India or licensing depending upon the capacity and size of the FBO as per the Food Safety and Standard act 2006.
FSSAI licensing and registration are classified into three categories as per nature and size of the food business operators.
Food business operators (FBOs) with an annual turnover of less than 12 LPA ( Lakh per annum ) are expected to have a Basic FSSAI registration through form - A.
Such as Petty retailers, ice-cream sellers, street hawkers, and individuals manufacturing and selling food by themselves.
|Petty retailers/& individuals||Up to 12 lakh per annum||Basic registration|
|Slaughter-house||Large animal 2 Poetry birds 50 Small animals 10||Basic registration|
|Diary unit||500 lit per day 2.5 mt of milk solids per annum||Basic registration|
Food business operators (FBOs) with an annual turnover of more than 12LPA but less than 20cr per annum are needed to have an FSSAI state license through form - B.
Such as Small and medium enterprises, storage units, transporters, and retailers.
|Vegetable Oil Processing Units||1-2 mt per day||State licensing|
|Meat processing units||500per day/150 mt per annum||State licensing|
|Manufacturing or processing||Production Capacity: 101 Kgs/Ltrs – 1 MT per Day All Grains, Cereals,||State licensing|
|Cold Storages||Upto 10000 MT||State licensing|
Food business operators (FBOs) with an annual turnover of more than 20cr per annum and operational in more than one state are required to have an FSSAI central license through a form - B for their head office and separate registration of other branches as per state policy.
Such as Importers-exporters and large production houses.
|Dairy chilling and processing Units||More than 50,000 Liters of Milk per day More than 2500 MT of Milk Solid Per annum||Central license|
|Oil Processing Units||More than 2 MT per day||Central license|
|Proprietary Food||No restriction on production capacity||Central license|
|Novel food products||No restriction on production capacity||Central license|
|Storage-Cold/Refrigerated||Storage Capacity of More than 10,000 MT||Central license|
|Transporters||More than 100 Vehicles and Turnover more than Rs. 30 Crores per annum||Central license|
NOTE: For marketers and manufacturers, it’s important to have a state license or central license as per the nature of their FBOs irrespective of their annual turnover.
General documents required for basic FSSAI registration.
Document required for FSSAI State license other than general documents.
Documents are required for FSSAI central license.
Form-B Duly completed and signed by the proprietors, partners, or authorized signatory
|Type of Registration||FSSAI License Fee||GST on FSSAI Registration|
|Basic Registration||INR. 100 per annum||18% GST|
|State License||INR 2000-5000 per annum||18% GST|
|Central License||INR 7500 per annum||18% GST|
|Renewal of License/Registration||The renewal fee for FSSAI Food License registration is the same as the annual license fee.|
FBOs must file for the Online FSSAI registration on FosCos respectively according to the nature of their businesses. Then upload all the required supporting documents along with the FSSAI registration fee.
After the successful submission, an application reference number will be provided to them, which can be used to track the status of the application.
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.
After the adequate assessment of the business premise and document, verification. Approval for issuing of FSSAI registration or licence will be given by the Food safety officer to concerned licensing authorities.
Once the approval is granted, FSSAI will issue a unique 14-digit numerical registration number, which shall display during business hours and must be printed on all the products.
Note: You can use our free FSSAI application status checker tool to track the progress of your FSSAI registration application.
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 90 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.
|Date of expiry||Late FSSAI renewal penalty|
|From 30 days before the expiry date||Rs. 100 per day|
|From 1st to 90th day||3 times the annual renewal fee|
|From 91st to 180th day||5 times the annual renewal fee|
|No renewal shall be allowed after 180 days from the day of expiry|
Any person selling, storing, manufacturing any food article which is not as per the standards of FSS regulations shall be liable to a penalty of 5 lakh rupees.
Any person or FBO selling any food article through misbranding and false advertisement shall be liable to a penalty of 10 lakh rupees.
Any person or FBO manufacturing, or processing any food article in unhygienic conditions shall be liable to a penalty of 1 lakh rupees.
Any person who commerces unsafe food articles which may harm the health of consumers such as FBOs is liable to a penalty of 10 lakh rupees and in case of death of a consumer, Life imprisonment shall be liable.
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The manufacturers & marketers are required to get FSSAI State License irrespective of minimum turnover limit.
You must act on the suggestions for improvement made by the concerned authority after receiving an improvement notice. The concerned authority must give you at least 14 days to submit your compliance report.
Any individual who is aggrieved by a decision of the Licensing/Registering Authority may appeal to the Commissioner of Food Safety, whose decision is final, under Section 32 (4) and 32(5) of the FSS Act, 2006. The time limit for filing such an appeal is fifteen days from the date on which notice of the decision was served. If you want to appeal a notice of improvement, you have 15 days or the date stated in the notice, whichever comes first.
The application will be rejected if the requisite information is not given within the stipulated period of 30 days or if the Licensing Officer believes the application is not tenable and cannot be granted. Before denying a license, an applicant will be given the opportunity to be considered, and the reasons for the rejection is written down.
If a food business is operating without FSSAI registration, then it would be penalised by the department.
The FSSAI license is issued for 1 to 5 years depending on the requirements of the business.
If you do not renew your FSSAI registration on time, you will have to pay a penalty of ₹100 per day from the date it expires till it renews.