What is FSSAI and what are the types of FSSAI licenses
This article portrays the scope of FSSAI the work they undertake. Further it throws light upon the types of licenses i.e. Central License, State License and Basic Regulation and what it includes.
The Government of India's Ministry of Health & Family Welfare had established Food Safety and Standards Authority of India ( FSSAI) under the Food Safety and Standards Act , 2006 (FSS Act). This government body cares for India's food businesses and checks whether they follow the government-specified regulation or not. Their job is to ensure the food is unadulterated and as per the requirements stated. Their job is to get rid of food products which are under-standard. This organization is responsible for FBO or Food and Business Operators registering and licensing in India. It also lays out the laws and regulations for carrying on a business in India.
These are Food Safety and Standard Authority of India License Types:-
1. Central License
2. State License
3. Basic Regulation
Business working as importers in the food business or export-oriented sector, major producers, contractors in Central Government offices, ports or airports, etc requires having this Central license which is issued by Food Safety Standard Authority of India.
Central License is issued by the Central Government.
A company headquartered in a food business needs a license if it operates in different states or cities
Central License is required to Food and Business Operator (FBOs) which have an Annual Turnover of Rs. 20 crore
Central License is issued for five years and minimum for the period of one year.
Following Examples Food Companies requires to apply to regulatory authority for a central FSSAI license:
1. Development and processing units of vegetable oil by solvent extraction system and factories like oil expeller plant, with a potential of more than 2 metric tones per day.
2. Hotels which are rated 5 Star or more.
3. Every importer including food ingredients or additives imported, etc.
FSSAI Registration of State License
This license is for small and medium enterprises such as transportation , storage, transported, distributors, marketers etc.
State License is issued by the State Government.
Company obtaining State license must have its operation in one state only
The business obtaining State License must have an Annual Turnover of Rs. 12 Lakh
State License is issued for five years and minimum for the period of one year.
Following Examples Food Companies requires to apply to regulatory authority for a State FSSAI license:
Vegetable oil production and processing units through solvent extraction process and refineries including oil expeller unit. With annual turnover within Rs. 12 lakes up to Rs. 20 crores.
Hotels which are of 4 star or less.
Storages with an annual size of under 50,000 metric tones.
FSSAI Registration of Basic Registration License.
This license is issued by the Government of the State and is granted to small producers, storage units, haulers, marketers and distributors
The Company obtaining Basic Registration License must have an Annual Turnover of Rs. 12 Lakh
Basic Registration License is issued for five years and minimum for the period of one year
Following Examples Food Companies requires to apply to regulatory authority for a Basic Registration FSSAI license:
FBO likes wholesalers, manufacturers, producers and sellers, grocery dealers, hawkers, bars, canteens, dhaba, cafes, restaurants and storage with a turnover of less than Rs. 12 lakh per year.
Development or refining units of vegetable oil through the method of solvent extraction and refineries like oil expeller device. With a capacity to provide not more than 100 kg / litre per day (except milk or meat).
Retailers selling food items with limited operations
These are the types of license issued by Food Safety and Standard Authority of India.
Documents required for Basic, State and Central FSSAI License
Basic FSSAI Licence
Copy of the property paper (if owned)
Copy of Rent Agreement (If rented property)
License or plan of the food safety management system
Electricity bill or water bill of business place
Identification proof of proprietor or partners or directors like PAN Card, Aadhaar Card, or Voter ID card
Form 10 for the designation of persons by a company with the board resolution
State FSSAI Licence
List of Partners, Owners, and Executive Members of Society with full address and contact details.
Latest Passport-sized photograph of the applicant
Identification proof (voter ID card or Aadhaar Card)
Address Proof which can be Telephone, Mobile Bill, Electricity or Gas Bill
A Copy of Property papers (if owned)
A Copy of Rent Agreement and Landlord’s NOC (if rented)
Partnership Deed/ MOA/AOA of the firm
A Copy of certificate obtained under the Co-Op Act – 1861/Multi State Co-Op Act – 2002 in the case of Co-Operatives.
NOC from the manufacturer (in case of Distributor)
Information on Source of raw material
NOCs from Municipality or local body
E-Code document issued by DGFT
Form IX Nomination of persons by a company
Central FSSAI License
Declaration Form of FSSAI license
If applicable a copy of certificate received below the Coop Act – 1861 / Multi-State Coop Act – 2002 in case of Cooperatives.
Completed and signed Form- B by the Partner, Authorized Signatory or Proprietor.
List and name of machinery and equipment alongside the quantity, installed capacity and horsepower applied. It is compulsory for production and manufacturing units only.
DGFT issues a document of the IE code.
Proof of turnover in supporting the documentary.
NOC from the local body or Municipality. It’s an optional document.
The certificate is given by the Ministry of Tourism (Hotel & Restaurant Approval and Classification Committee). In the case of hotels its Mandatory document.
PA/NOC documents circulated by FSSAI.
Copy of License from the manufacturer. Along with this the NOC of the same. This Compulsory for Repackers and Relabellers.
Proof of possession of premises -Sale deed, Rental Agreement or Electricity Bill, it’s optional.
List of Partner, Directors, Executive Members of Society, Proprietor, Trust with complete address and contact details. It is Necessary for Companies only.
Review report Chemical & Bacteriological of water to be applied as an ingredient in food from a verified or public health laboratory to verify the portability. It’s Necessary for manufacturing and processing units.
Listing of the food category wanted to be manufactured it’s for manufactures.
Certificate of Food Safety Management System Plan ( FSMSP) if required.
Documentary evidence of turnover or self-declaration of a number of vehicles. It’s a compulsory document for Transporters.