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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.

Key Functions of FSSAI

  1. Setting Standards: FSSAI sets standards for food products in India, which encompass quality, safety, and hygiene. These standards are based on international practices and scientific principles and aim to ensure that food products meet specific criteria for consumption.

  2. Regulation: FSSAI regulates various aspects of the food industry, including food manufacturing, packaging, labeling, and advertising. This regulation is necessary to ensure that food businesses adhere to established guidelines.

  3. Licensing and Registration: FSSAI is responsible for the licensing and registration of Food Business Operators (FBOs) in India. FBOs are required to obtain FSSAI licenses or registrations based on the scale of their operations.

  4. Inspection and Surveillance: The authority conducts inspections, surveillance, and monitoring of food businesses to ensure compliance with food safety and hygiene standards. This includes inspecting food manufacturing units, storage facilities, and retail outlets.

  5. Public Awareness: FSSAI plays a role in creating awareness among the public regarding food safety and nutrition. It educates consumers about making informed choices and understanding food labels.

  6. Research and Development: FSSAI is involved in research and development related to food safety and standards. It collaborates with scientific organizations and experts to stay updated on emerging food safety concerns.

Who Can Obtain the FSSAI License or Registration?

The FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) Basic Registration is a regulatory requirement for various businesses involved in food-related activities. It's mandatory for:

  1. Small-scale food operations: Businesses dealing with specific quantities of food items per day fall under this category. For instance, those handling less than 100 kg/ltr per day of food capacity (excluding certain items like milk and meat products) need this registration.

  2. Milk-related activities: Entities processing up to 500 litres of milk per day or producing 2.5 Metric Tons (MT) of milk solids annually are required to obtain this registration.

  3. Vegetable oil processing: Businesses with turnovers of up to 100 kg or liters per day in vegetable oil-related processes also need this registration.

  4. Larger-scale meat processing and slaughtering: Entities handling more than 100 kgs per day or 30 MT per day in meat processing or with slaughtering capacities under specified limits for different animals (2 large animals, 10 small animals, or 50 poultry birds per day) fall under this requirement.

  5. Various food-related businesses: Cold storage units, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, dhaba owners, clubs/canteens, hotels/restaurants, and transporters with turnovers up to Rs.12 lakhs annually must also secure this registration to comply with FSSAI regulations.

    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.

    5. Enhance Business Opportunities: FSSAI registration can facilitate collaborations with suppliers, distributors, and traders. Many B2B partners prefer working with FSSAI-registered businesses, leading to increased sales and business growth.

    Procedure of FSSAI Registration

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    STEP 3: Complete Documentation

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    STEP 4: FSSAI Application

    Once Documentation is complete, our team will apply for FSSAI

    STEP 5: Get Your FSSAI Certificate.

    Post Approval, you will receive your FSSAI license certificate.

    Required Documents

    1. Photo identification of the Food Business Operator (FBO) along with an identity proof like Voter ID, Ration Card, PAN Card, Driver's License, Aadhaar Card, Passport, or any other valid government-issued ID.
    2. A comprehensive list of the proposed food articles to be dealt with by the business.
    3. Submission of Form-B, duly filled and approved by the applicant.
    4. Relevant business documents such as Partnership Deed, Certificate of Incorporation (COI), Memorandum of Association (MOA), or Articles of Association (AOA).
    5. Proof of the business premises like a lease or rental agreement.
    6. Implementation of a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) plan.
    7. Supporting documents such as NOC from Panchayat/Municipality, Health NOC, if applicable.
    8. List of suppliers providing raw materials.
    9. Submission of Form IX, water test report facilitated by a certified NABL lab, and Import-Export Code (IEC) granted by DGFT.
    10. Inventory of machines and equipment present at the facility.
    11. Details of directors and partners associated with the business.

    Penalties for Violation of FSSAI Regulatory Guidelines

    The FSS Act outlines specific penalties for various punishable offenses related to food trade and quality:

    1. Individuals trading non-branded food articles, whether directly or through independent third parties, can face penalties of up to 5 lakhs.
    2. Selling low-quality food items, whether directly or through independent third parties, holds individuals accountable for penalties as per FSSAI regulations.
    3. Those involved in trading, marketing, storing, or importing food items available to the public with extraneous matter may incur fines of up to Rs 1 lakh.
    4. Individuals manufacturing or processing food intended for public consumption under unsafe or unhygienic conditions face penalties of Rs 1 lakh.
    5. In severe cases where substandard food has caused life-threatening situations for consumers, the fine for the offender may escalate to Rs 5 lakhs.

    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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