Food Safety and Standards
(Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses)
Regulations, 2011 [FSSA]
registration/license is mandatory for all food businesses (FBO)
4) What are FSSAI’s responsibilities?
80-85% of businesses in India fall under this category. The criteria for basic FSSAI registration is
businesses with turnover less than 12 lakhs or
Dairy units having capacity less than 500 liters per day or daily manufacturing units with capacity less
than 100kg per day need.
Businesses with a turnover between 12 lakhs up to 20 crore which manufacturing units with capacity
of up to 2 MT per day,
Dairy units handling output of up to 50000 liters per day,
3 star hotels and above, re-packers and re-labelling units, clubs canteens, all catering businesses
irrespective of turnover need to apply for State license.
Importers and exporters mandatorily need central license.
Businesses with multiple outlets across the country
Turnover more than 30 crores & having operation in more than one state
Food License FAQs
Decentralization of licensing for food products
Simple and easy issue of license with time frame of 1 month
No license is required for small FBOs but registration is mandatory
This act assures safety of consumer and ensures full compensation to victim in case of injury or death
2) Who is the regulatory authority under the food act in India?
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and State Food Authorities are responsible for
implementation and enforcement of FSSA, 2006.
Please refer https://foodlicensing.fssai.gov.in
6) What are the documents required for FSSAI registration?
Photo Identity of Promoters of the Food Business
Evidence of possession of premises (Rental Agreement/Utility Bill)
Partnership Deed/Memorandum of Association/Certificate of Incorporation/Articles of Association
A list of manufactured or processed or stored food products
Food safety management system plan
Signed and completed Form-B in case of State/Central license
Signed and completed Form-A in case of registration
A person to be nominated in the prescribed form for food quality perspective
Payment of the prescribed fees.
Before applying check the eligibility criteria as mentioned above
Upload / furnish the application form for obtaining the FSSAI License.
Generic names for the products must be mentioned and not the brand names.
Choose the appropriate period of time for the license.
Post-filing / upload the form, the prescribed fees have to be paid either through an online portal or by
submitting the demand draft to the authorities
8) What are the available online payment options?
The available options are draft, credit card, online banking.
9) If I apply online, will I get my license faster than if I apply by mail or in person?
Procedure will remain the same.
3) Why should I get FSSAI license?
5) How to apply for FSSAI registration?
7) What is the procedure to apply for a State/Central License?
1) What is FSSAI all about?
a) Laying down science based standards for articles of food
b) Regulate manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of food
c) Facilitate food safety
There is a high degree of consumer confidence in safety and quality of food
It helps promote innovation in food products
It helps remove numerous regulations
It facilitates trade without compromising consumer safety.
10) What is the maximum penalty for breach of regulations related to the labeling
of food items?
It is up to 10 lakhs.
For any queries, you can mail to: [email protected]
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