FSSAI food license
FSSAI License Renewal
FSSAI food license
FSSAI License Renewal
The FSSAI or Food Safety and Standards Authority of India was incorporated under the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) of 2006. It consolidated various acts & orders that were previously applicable and used to handle food-related issues in different Ministries and Departments. The basic objective of formulating FSSAI has been to lay down science-based standards for items of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, sale, distribution, and import to ensure the availability of adulteration-free and wholesome food for human consumption.
To bring consistency across all the States, in enforcing food safety regulations and standards, the FSSAI initiated its “One Nation One Food Law” program. The regulator has leveraged infotech for implementation of identical standards for testing and sampling throughout various States and labs, in India.
FSSAI has been mandated by the FSS Act, 2006 to achieve the following purposes:
Food Business Operators (FBOs) involved anywhere in the food supply chain need to apply for food licenses of different types to different authorities. This categorization is based on their turnover, scale of business and the kind of activity. Such businesses/units must apply for either of the Licenses (Central or State) or simply the Basic Registration. The rules are as follows:
This kind of Food Registration is to be applied to the State in which the business unit is located. Small FBOs or most Start-Ups are covered under this. Criteria for eligibility are as below for those units whose turnover does not exceed Rs. 12 lakhs per annum:-
This is, generally, required by the mid-sized companies and units. Criteria are as follows:
This is required by large businesses or units. Criteria for eligibility are:
Listed below are the documents mandatorily required to be submitted to get an FSSAI Food License or Registration:
The documents that are necessary to be submitted by all FBOs, have been mentioned below. Whichever type of Certificate you are applying for. Basic Registration, State or Central License.
Below documents need to be attached with the application, other than the above-listed essential ones:
Other than the above-listed Common Documents, you need below:
All businesses engaged in activities related to food, have to comply with the rules, as introduced and updated from time to time, by the FSSAI. These are statutory obligations that an FBO must meet. Food Authority conducts random inspections and tests the food articles or the process. During the inspection, the Food Safety Official (FSO) or the agency is authorized to examine the business premises, safety, and quality of the process or the food item. Or even the level of hygiene maintenance. He can check the working conditions along with the process of handling food by the operators, associates, and organization.
A level of compliance for the FBO is ascertained, using a checklist, based upon the provisions of the FSSAI. Using the checklist, the FSO marks a level for the FBO, as either:
Thereby, a Notice for Improvement may be issued by the FSO or the inspection agency. It explains the place or steps where modifications need to take place. And a time duration is stipulated for these changes to be finished by. If the FBO fails to incorporate these adjustments, within the appointed time, a Show Cause Notice is given.
This Show Cause Notice provides a date of hearing. On which, the FBO has to explain why it could not make the improvements or changes. Documentary proof must be provided with the claim. If the proof gets rejected, or the FBO fails to reply to the Notice, by the hearing date, its FSSAI application will get canceled.
If the FBO has reasons to believe that the Notice of Improvement is biased or untrue, it can Appeal to the State Commissioner for Food Safety.
The decision of the State Commissioner is also not final. FBO can dispute it and approach the Food Safety Appellate Tribunal or the High Court to file the subsequent appeal. The decision of the tribunal or the court, however, is considered final.
If an FBO is observed Non-Compliant with the requirements of the FSSAI, it will get penalized. The penalty structure is constant and applies to everyone. Some of the FSSAI penalties for a non-compliant FBO are listed below:
The fines and penalties listed above may vary on a case to case basis.
In extreme cases, where death has occurred due to consuming that particular Food Item, the punishment to the responsible FBO may extend to Rs. 5 lakh or even imprisonment, depending upon the gravity of the situation and how much harm has been caused.
– vitamin, mineral and amino acids,
– food additives,
– botanical ingredients,
– nutraceuticals ingredients,
– health supplements,
– food for special dietary use,
– food for special medical purpose,
– specialty food containing plant or botanicals,
– probiotics and prebiotics
– foods containing probiotics,
– foods containing prebiotics, and
– novel food products.
The FSSAI provisions include:
– Food Recall regulation for the food articles or products that have been tested or prima facie considered unsafe,
– Removal of Food under Recall from various stages of the food chain,
– Announcement of information to the concerned consumers,
– Retrieval, Destruction or Re-processing of the Food Recalled.
To help in analyzing the occurrence of hazards and controlling them, at any stage involved in their business operations, FBOs should implement a valid Food Safety & Management System (FSMS) based on HACCP. It will ensure that their product remains safe and free from contamination during all processes.
(a) Fruits & Vegetables,
(b) Meat & Meat Products,
(c) Fish & Fishery Products,
(d) Dairy Products,
(f) Spices & Condiments,
(g) Nuts & Nut Products,
(h) Bakery & Confectionary,
(i) Fast Food Operations,
(j) Hotels & Restaurants, etc.
If you are not situated in Delhi and certain other states, you must submit a copy of the application duly signed with a copy of the fees paid, next to applying online.
If, however, the 30 days have also ended. Then your FSSAI number is expired, and you will have to take a fresh FSSAI food license.