FSSAI stands for Food Safety and Standard Authority of India. All traders, manufacturers, and restaurants who are involved in the food business must and should obtain a 14-digit registration or a license number which must be displayed on the food packages.
This step was taken by the government to ensure that food products undergo a strict quality check in order to reduce the chances of adulteration and the use of substandard products.
At the time of carrying on the food business, the Food Business Operator should prominently display the certificate of registration at the place of business.
FSSAI License can be classified in 3 types:-
1. Basic License/Registration
2. State License
3. Central License
Every individual or Food Business Operator who are into manufacturing, storage, transportation or distribution of food product must compulsorily obtain FSSAI Registration or License. In India, registration or licensing of the food business is governed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.
Whether you have to obtain an FSSAI registration or FSSAI License depends upon the size and nature of your business. Food business operators are required to obtain FSSAI registration which is also known as a basic license.
This registration can be obtained by submitting an application to the Food and Safety Authority of India Department. The process of obtaining registration is as follows:
>The application shall be submitted in Form A.
>The application for registration can be accepted or it may be rejected by the Department.
>If the application is accepted or rejected it shall be intimated by the Department within 7 days from the date of submission of the application.
>The decision of the Department regarding the accepting or rejecting the application of the FBO should be intimated in writing.
>The registration certificate granted by the Department after accepting the application shall contain the registration number and the photo of the applicant.
This license is to be obtained by any person or entity that does not classify as a petty food business operator. A person or entity has to obtain State FSSAI License or Central FSSAI License depends upon the size and nature of the business and the licensing authority would change accordingly.
Any large food manufacturer, processors, transporters and importers of food products require Central FSSAI License whereas Medium sized manufacturer, processors, or transporters require State FSSAI License.
To obtain the FSSAI Central License the Food Business Operator shall make an application to the Licensing Authority. The procedure is as follows:
>>This application is made in Form B.
>>The application should be annexed with self-declaration, affidavit, and Annexure as applicable.
>>This license is valid for a period of 1 to 5 years as the time limit requested by the food business operator.
>>Higher the period for which license is obtained the higher would be the application fees.
>>The license can be renewed by making an application.