|Non – Vegetarian Logo||Vegetarian Logo|
|Every package of Non-Vegetarian Food containing ingredients including food additives, processing aids of animal origin shall bear a declaration to this effect made by a symbol and color code as stipulated below. The symbol shall consist of a brown color filled triangle inside a square with brown outline having the sides not less than the minimum size specified in the Table mentioned in the regulation 5 (4) (c), below: Refer Point 6||Every package of Vegetarian Food containing ingredients including food additives, processing aids of plant origin shall bear a declaration to this effect by a symbol and color code as stipulated below. The symbol shall consist of a green color filled circle inside a square with green outline having the diameter not less than the minimum size specified in the Table mentioned in the regulation 5 (4) (c), as indicated below: Refer Point 6|
The FSSAI Logo
The FSSAI symbol must not be used. While a small food business may still get away with not putting this logo, as consumers become more educated, these little validations can go a long way when it come to the cut throad competition that the food busniess witnesses
Trounle obtaining credit
Most investors, banks or lenders will do a primary check to see if the applicant has got any basic licenses in order. Any busniess planning to scale to a greater level must apply for the license based on predicted sales/capacity.
Save money at the risk of reputation
While some amount may be able to save on the annual fee(which is in the range of r2,000-r5,000) but in the absense of this license, it may be very difficul to prove to customers that the particular business maintains high stadards of hygiene in the processes.
Risking disqualifiaction from food tenders
Not possessing an FSSAI license may also make it difficult to apply for corporate events, fill tenders or make way to a larger set up as most of these opportunities will stipulate the requirement of a valid FSSAI license
If any person or food business operator(except those exemptedfrom licensing) who are mandatorily requird to obtain a license, but manufactures, trades , sells or ditributes any food article without a license, then imprisonment for a term of upto 6 months and a fine which may extend to r5,00,000 may be levied.
Missing out on quality assessments
Most importantly , as FSSAI aims to improve the standard for the wholesomeness of food, the state governments often review existing procedures for manufacturng /storage of food grains, milk, spices, meat and other consumables.
Fill in the application: Send the form to authority. The required documents are:
Other mandatory documents needed are:
If the licensing authority requires any additional information relating to the application or if the application is found to be incomplete, the same has to be informed in writing within 15 days of your application. The remaining information has to be within 30 days from intimation, if failed to submit the application for the license would be rejected.
Once the complete application is received, including the additional information (if asked for) by the Authority, an Application ID number is issued. This ID number has to be used for reference and in all future correspondence. The applicant can expect the license within 60 days of the issue of such an Application ID number.
Once the application ID is received, the Licensing Authority may direct an officer to inspect the premises in which the business has been opened as per the law. The Inspecting Officer may issue a notice, guiding on necessary steps to be taken or changes to be made the premises to ensure general sanitary and hygienic conditions. All the necessary steps have to be taken and changes to be made. The same need to be intimated to the authority within 30 days or within the time period allowed.
Within 30 days from receipt of the inspection report, excluding the time taken to comply with the feedback in the inspection report, the concerned licensing authority shall consider the application and may either grant a license or reject the application. However, before refusing the license application, the applicant will be given an opportunity of being heard, and if the authority still decides to reject the application, the reasons for refusal shall be recorded in writing.
Receiving of FSSAI license
Finally, license will be issued in Format C under Schedule 2 of the regulations by the licensing authority
|Form C Modification||Non-Form C Modification|
|If there is any change in the particulars appearing in license like name of the applicant, its address, production capacity, kind of business, product, FBO need to apply for modification with a fee of ₹1000 plus a fee equal to the difference in annual fee in case of up-gradation of license. If there is no up-gradation of license Form C modification fee will be ₹ 1000 only.||It is a type of modification in which particulars appealing in the license does not change. It could be in case of change of nominee, Change in contact details of authorized person or directors/partners/proprietor of the applicant entity, change in any supporting document attached at the time of grant of license. No fee is required for modification of non-form C details.|
1. Registrations are granted to small or petty FBOs whose annual turn- over does not exceed ₹ 12 lakhs
2. Registrations are granted by the Registering Authority who may be Designated Officer/ Food Safety Officer or any official in Panchayat, Municipal Corporation or any other local body or Panchayat in an area, notified by the State Food Safety Commissioner
3. Documents required while applying for a Registration:-
4. Registration Card should be exhibited at a prominent place of business premise.
Food Business Operator operating in more than two States has to get Central License for its registered Office/ Head Office and separate license/ Registration for each units depending upon the capacity/ turnover from the concerned State/ Central Licensing Authority.
FSSAI license/Registration for food premises under Railways are issued by the Railways Designated Officers/ Registering Authorities (FSO) notified by Food Authority from time to time.
FSSAI license for food premises in Airport/Seaport are issues by APHO/PHO notified by Food Authority from time to time through Online FLRS system
Licensing Officer can reject the application in the case when the required information is not provided within the stipulated time of 30 days
An improvement notice is if a Food Business Operator fails to comply with the food regulations set in the FSS Act, 2006. An improvement notice can be issued by a Designated Officer (DO) of the food safety department.
If the food business operator has failed to comply with an improvement notice, his license can be suspended by the DO, after allowing him to show cause.
Food Safety and standards Authority of India issues FSSAI License and Registration through its licensing at the central and state level. These licensing authorities have designated officers for grant of license /registration in compliance with the procedure laid down under Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses), Regulations 2011.
The government fee for license /registration will vary as per the term for which an application for food license/registration is made. A FBO may choose a maximum term of five years as a validity period at the time of making application for food license/registration. Government fee for Food license and registration is as under:
Yes, the food license can be modified if there is any change in the information provided to the licensing authorities at the time of grant of license but the food registration cannot be modified to food license. There are two types of modification. These are:
No, the food license /registration shall be valid for 90 days from the death of license or registration certificate holder for the benefit of legal heir of the deceased. The legal heir shall file an application for transfer of food license /registration in their favor. If there is a delay in filing the said transfer application the designated office may condone such delay by recording reason in writing.
No, the food license of an entity cannot be transferred but a food license procured by an individual could only be transferred to his/her legal heir in case of death.
There are three different types of FSSAI registration, the required time for FSSAI license registration differs.
Food Safety and Security Act of 2006 is an Act and FSSAI has been established under those sets of standards for food products based on science and regulates their production, storage, distribution, sales and imports. Its main motive was to maintain a particular standard of the food quality and to curb the adulteration and substandard quality of food.
Yes, as the Act consolidates various food laws.
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India with the help of State Food Authorities are responsible for implementation & enforcement of FSSA, 2006
The following Acts/Orders mentioned in second schedule of the Act are going to be repealed in Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006:
“Recall” means action taken to remove a marketed food from distribution, sale and consumption which is unsafe and violate the provisions of the Act and the rules & regulations made there under. The purpose is to prevent, reduce or eliminate a risk arising from food to the consumer.
The consumer should complain to the Food Safety Officer / Designated Officer /DC of the area or Food Safety Commissioner of the State.
Yes, whether you manufacture, distribute, transport or trade food additives, you will need an FSSAI license in order to do it.
Perhaps you have a few separate warehouses within one city, and then you will need separate licenses for each. If all your warehouses are confined to one campus, however, you can apply for a single license citing the campus’s address.
FSSAI license is based on premise. All kinds of food business activities which are being conducted at the same premise can be applied for in a single FSSAI license.
FBO can approach concerned Designated Officer of concerned area. Designated Officer will create User ID and issue you a new system generated license number which can be renewed through online process, whenever required.
TIt will minimize the number of documents required during renewal of license. The old license number will also be attached with the new license number. FBOs will be able to track the application during the course of processing through the FSSAI‟s online food licensing and registration system.
Petty Food Business Operators (FBO) who himself manufactures or sells any article of food or a petty retailer, hawker, itinerant vendor or a temporary stall holder or small scale or cottage or such other industries relating to food business or tiny food business operator having annual turnover up to ₹12 Lacs and/or whose
These FBOs are required to obtain FSSAI Registration Certificate by applying on Food Licensing and Registration System. This Registration Certificate is embedded with QR code and has the image of FBO with 14-digit Registration number starting with 2 (2xxxxxxxxxxxxx).
On the suspension or cancellation of his/her License or registration, a food business operator needs to stop food business activities immediately. Carrying out any food business activity on suspended or cancelled License/Registration is an unlawful activity and shall attract penal actions under FSS Act, 2006.
No. FSSAI License/Registration is not required for utensils or packaging material as these are not covered under the definition of food as per Section 3(n) of FSS Act, 2006
After a period of 3 months from the date of cancellation under Regulation 2.1.8 (3), the Food Business Operator may make a fresh application for Registration or license to the concerned authority if all observations made in the improvement notice have been complied with.
Respond to the queries raised by Licensing or Registering Authority within 30 days. The application for the editing/modification shall be available on the dashboard of the applicant. If an applicant does not respond to the queries of Licensing or Registering Authorities, the application will be rejected.
Every Licensed FBO shall inform the Licensing authority in Form IX, the particulars relating to the concerned head or the person in-charge of such establishment, branch, unit, with due certification that the concerned person has been so nominated for the purpose of compliance under FSS Act and Rules and Regulations made thereunder. Every FBO, other than proprietor needs to nominate a person and convey to Licensing Authorities in Form IX.
As per condition of License, FBOs involved in manufacturing/ processing of Oils shall have in-house laboratory facility for analytical testing of products. Further, FSSAI vide order number 15023/02/2017-QA (pt-2) dated 15th October 2019 has issued directions that all Dairy Processing units should follow a standardized Scheme of Sampling, Testing and Inspection for monitoring of internal controls to ensure safe and good quality of supply of milk and milk products to consumers. Detailed Scheme of Sampling, Testing and Inspection are attached with the order (available at FSSAI‟s website). The scheme came into force from 01st Jan 2020.
A License or registration renewal application can be made as early as 120 days in advance.
FSSAI License is purely premised based. No FBO is allowed to possess more than one license for single premise. All kinds of business shall be linked to single License obtained for single premise. If you are holding one State License and one Central License, you shall surrender the State License and apply for modification of Central License to add Kind of Business mentioned in your State License.
FBOs who get their products manufactured through third party manufacturers need to obtain FSSAI License under “Re-labeler” Kind of Business (KoB). For determining the eligibility criteria, the cumulative production capacity or number of States/UTs where third party manufacturers are located shall be considered.
Star-rating certificate is not a prerequisite document for Hotels to obtain FSSAI License. In case, Hotel has obtained Star-rating certificate from the Ministry of Tourism (HRACC), the FBO needs to upload the same, otherwise, FBO needs to upload a self-declaration that he has not opted for star-rating from Ministry of Tourism (HRACC). Hotels without Ministry of Tourism’s Star rating are categorized along with one and two star Hotels for obtaining FSSAI License. Further, Hotels rated Five Star and above by Ministry of Tourism need to obtain Central License and rest are needed to obtain State License/Registration.
Yes. If an FBO is extracting groundwater (located in over-exploited areas) to conduct food business activities, he needs to obtain NOC from Central Ground Water Authority, prior applying for FSSAI License.
Here the word 'food products handled' means - the food activity for which FSSAI license has been granted.
In the case of medical examination, the year referred to in Clause 10.1.2 shall be reckoned as a financial year. The FBO may in a given financial year get his employees/food handlers tested at any time. Further in case of new food business, new recruits will have to undergo the medical examination before or at the time of joining.
A financial year has two slots of six months i.e. 1st April to 30th September and 1st October to 31st March, 2020.FBO‟s need to get food products tested within these 2 slots of 6 months as per their convenience.