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FSSAI, or the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, is a pivotal regulatory body established by the Government of India to ensure the safety and quality of food products available in the country. Its primary mission is to protect and promote public health by regulating and supervising food safety, standards, and hygiene across India. FSSAI plays a critical role in setting guidelines, standards, and regulations for the manufacturing, distribution, sale, and import of food products, thus ensuring that consumers have access to safe and wholesome food.

The FSSAI Central License is acquired by Food Business Operators (FBOs) whose turnover exceeds Rs. 20 Crores or those engaged in importing and exporting food products in India.

Responsibilities and Functions of FSSAI

Key responsibilities and functions of FSSAI encompass various crucial aspects:

  1. Setting Food Safety Standards: Developing and establishing comprehensive guidelines and norms to ensure food safety and hygiene across the food industry.

  2. Nationwide Awareness Initiatives: Launching widespread campaigns and initiatives to educate and create awareness among the public about the significance of food safety practices.

  3. Issuing Mandatory Licenses: Granting mandatory licenses and registrations to food business operators after verifying compliance with food safety regulations.

  4. Policy Recommendations: Providing recommendations to the Government of India for formulating new policies and amendments concerning food safety.

  5. Regulatory Guidelines: Formulating and issuing directives and guidelines in alignment with the FSS Act, 2006, which outlines standards and protocols for entities operating in the food sector.

  6. Enforcement Actions: Taking legal measures, including initiating legal proceedings, against food businesses suspected of engaging in illicit practices such as food adulteration or violating food safety regulations.

Who Can Obtain the FSSAI License or Registration?

Various types of food businesses can apply for FSSAI registration or licenses, including:

  • Petty retailers, hawkers, and itinerant vendors
  • Tea stalls, snack stalls, juice stalls, and street food vendors
  • Dairy units, vegetable oil processing units, and meat processing units
  • Restaurants, hotels, clubs, and catering businesses
  • Retailers, wholesalers, distributors, suppliers, and marketers of food products
  • Transporters, including refrigerated vans and milk tankers
  • Importers and exporters
  • E-commerce operators, physical and cloud kitchens, and many others

Benefits of Obtaining an FSSAI Central License

  1. Global Recognition: The FSSAI License establishes a credible global identity for businesses, enhancing their brand recognition on an international scale.

  2. Business Expansion: Possession of an FSSAI Central License facilitates easy expansion into new locations and the opening of additional outlets. Moreover, it simplifies access to financial support, including loans, for business growth.

  3. Legal Assurance: This license provides a sense of security and legal compliance for everyone involved in the food industry. It acts as evidence of maintaining food quality and safety standards.

  4. Consumer Confidence: Given the growing consumer awareness regarding food quality, having an FSSAI License instills trust among consumers, resulting in an expanding customer base.

Requirements for Obtaining an FSSAI Central License:

The FSSAI Central License is granted to food businesses that meet specific criteria:

  1. Annual turnover exceeding Rs. 20 crores OR operating units across multiple states OR production surpassing defined threshold limits.

  2. Businesses intending to start import/export of food items or sell via their e-commerce website, with an annual turnover of more than Rs. 20 crores.

Special Conditions for Application:

  • Nutraceutical and Health Supplement Businesses
  • Transporters managing over 100 vehicles
  • 5-star or 7-star hotel establishments

Additional Criteria for FSSAI Central License:

These criteria encompass various aspects such as:

  • Dairy facilities producing 50000 litres or 2500 megatons of milk solids annually
  • Vegetable oil processing facilities with a daily production volume of 2 MT
  • Slaughter facilities with specified daily capacities for large animals, small animals, and poultry birds
  • Meat processing units with specific daily production capacities
  • Food processing facilities meeting prescribed daily production limits
  • Businesses involved in food articles' international shipping
  • Refrigeration or cold storage facilities with a capacity of 1000 megatons or more
  • Wholesalers, retailers, distributors, catering services, restaurants, and eateries meeting defined annual turnover criteria
  • Catering services operating within government establishments like seaports and airports

Procedure of Central FSSAI Registration

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STEP 4: Central FSSAI Application

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STEP 5: Get Your Central FSSAI certificate

Post Approval, you will receive your FSSAI license certificate.

Required Documents

  1. Form B Submission: A completed and signed Form B by the applicant is a primary requirement for application processing.

  2. Production Facility Layout Plan: A detailed floor plan outlining critical areas and their precise measurements within the production or processing facility.

  3. Company Registration Details: For corporate applicants, a comprehensive list detailing key management personnel with their names, residential proofs, and copies of Memorandum of Association (MOA), Articles of Association (AOA), and Certificate of Incorporation (COI) for private limited companies, OPCs, and public limited companies.

  4. Partnership Firm Details: For partnership firms, a complete list of partners along with their contact details, addresses, and a copy of the partnership deed.

  5. Co-operative Society Information: In the case of co-operative societies, a list of active members and their relevant details.

  6. Registered Trust Documentation: For registered trusts, copies of the trust deed and records of trustees.

  7. Address Verification Documents: Utility bills (electricity bills, rental agreements, property registries) serving as address proofs for the business premises.

  8. Food Safety Management Plan (FSMS): A documented plan outlining the food safety management system or a similar protocol implemented by the business.

  9. Machinery Inventory: Details specifying the names and inventory of machinery present at the production plant.

  10. Raw Material Suppliers List: An active list identifying suppliers of raw materials used in the production process.

  11. Local Authority No Objection Certificate: A certificate granted by local authorities signifying no objection to the food business operation.

  12. Tourism Certificate (for Hotel Owners): In the case of hotel owners, a tourism certificate issued by the Ministry of Tourism.

  13. IEC Certificate (for Exporters): An Import-Export Code (IEC) certificate obtained from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) for businesses intending to export food articles abroad.

Frequently Asked Questions

FSSAI license is based on the premise and can cover all kinds of food business activities carried out at that location.

The validity varies: Basic Registration is for 1-5 years, State License is for 1-5 years, and Central License can be up to 5 years.

No, on the suspension or cancellation of a food business operator's license or registration, they must immediately cease all food business activities. Conducting any food business activity on a suspended or cancelled License/Registration is illegal and may result in penalties under the FSS Act, 2006.

Approval times vary but typically range from 7 days to 60 days, depending on the type of license and completeness of the application.

FSSAI offers three main categories: Basic Registration, State License, and Central License, based on the scale and nature of the food business.

If all the observations made in the improvement notice have been complied with, the Food Business Operator can apply for a fresh Registration or license to the concerned authority three months after the date of cancellation under Regulation 2.1.8(3)

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