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Every food business requires FSSAI registration or licence. It is mandatory registration. Based on the factors like capacity of production/ handling, nature of food business activities and area of operation etc. a food business operator (FBO) need to assess whether the business should apply for registration or licence application is to be filed. Setindiabiz helps you to obtain food licence

FOOD LICENSE
 
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Food is the basic need of life and thus food business has tremendous scope and opportunities. To lead a healthy life, we must take quality food free from adulteration. Thus the government of India has established a regulatory body which is known as FSSAI to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption. Every food business is regulated by FSSAI, a regulatory authority established under Food Safety and standard Act 2006 for laying down scientific standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution,transportation, sale and import and it includes regulating food services, catering services provided by a food business operator.

KEY POINTS ON FSSAI REGISTRATION

BASIC ENTITY REGISTRATION

The Food Business Operator must be a registered entity having separate Pan, Vat Registration / Service Tax Registration and other necessary local or municipal registration like shops & establishment registration.

FOOD License

FSSAI is setup to regulate manufacturing, storage, distribution, sales, and import of food articles. It is mandatory for any startup or company which a plan to enter the food business to get a food license from FSSAI.

EXPEDITE PROCESSING

Once the application is duly filled in the prescribed format along with supporting documents the License can be obtained within 15-20 days of the said filing. We at KPS can help to obtain FSSAI Registration across India

CONDITION OF LICENSE

Food License issued is subject to certain condition. All Food Business Operators shall ensure that conditions to the License are complied with at all times during the course of its food business.

Requirement & Features of food license in India

General Registrations to Start a Food Business

To Start a Food Business the applicant must be a legal entity specially created for the purpose of food business, ie, the Memorandum of association of the Private limited Company or Partnership Deed or Agreement / LLP Agreement must have Object of doing food business in India. It must also have Pan Card in The Name of the Business, Vat Registration and /or Service tax registration , FSSAI Registration or FSSAI License

To form your company and obtain business registration please get in touch with us or speak to our specialists within office hours, we shall be glad to assist you while you plan and execute your food enterprise.

Food License is one of the mandatory License to carry on the food business in India.

Process of Food License

Eligibility search

A FBO has to ascertain that whether it has to make application for License or registration. If License is required whether it need to apply for state License or central License.

Application Filing

FSSAI is setup to regulate manufacturing, storage, distribution, sales, and import of food articles. It is mandatory for any startup or company which a plan to enter the food business to get a food license from FSSAI.

Scrutiny of application

The authorities will make an scrutiny of application and may require the applicant to furnish any additional information within 30 days of intimation.

Issuance of License

once the License is issued a true copy of it will be required to be displayed in a prominent place at all times within business premises.

What is food License?

Food License is a permission granted by the FSSAI to carry on the food business. This food License is location specific and is also term bound. It carries a 14-digit registration number. Licensing/ Registration of food business is mandatory in India.The provision for this has been made in Food Safety and Standards Act,2006, which extends to whole of India. It is an Act to consolidate the laws relating to food ,which establishes the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import, to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

Who requires a Food License?

License / registration with FSSAI is mandatory for every Food Business Operator (FBO). Whether a FBO requires a License or registration depends upon the factors like capacity of production/ handling etc. , nature of food business activities and area of operation. Before making an application to the authority FBO must undergo the eligibility search to understand whether it needs registration or license ( State License/Central License)

Every person who is an importer has to apply for a central license at their address which has been registered with DGFT while obtaining Import Export Code. A food business carrying on business at different location needs to apply for separate license for each location. Thus each location will be issued a separate license except transporter where one license will be issued for all the vehicles of a single transporter/ business.

In case an Food Business Operator is operating in more than two states, it has to obtain one additional central License for the Head Office/ Registered Office and separate license for each location , which will again depend upon the factors like capacity of production/ handling etc. , nature of food business activities and area of operation.To do the eligibility search contact us at setindiabiz.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is FSSAI?

Ans: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is a regulatory authority established under Food Safety and standard Act 2006 for laying down scientific standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import, to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

Q2. What is the difference between Food registration & Food License?

Ans:License is divided in two categories:

  • Central License
  • State License

Whether a FBO needs to apply for Central Or State License will depend on the nature of business, its turnover and area of operation.If FBO is operating in more than one state one additional central License is required at registered office.

Importers are required to have a single central License at their IE code addresses..

Q3. How much time is needed to obtain the food License?

Ans: It may require 30- 60 days from the date of making an application with FSSAI to obtain a food license.

Q.4 Is there any License fee under FSSAI?

Ans: Yes, the License fee is charged on annual basis. An applicant may make an application for a period ranging from 1-5 years. The fee for State License is ₹ 2000 p.a. whereas the fee for an application of central License is ₹ 7,500/-p.a.

Q5. What is the validity period

Ans: The License is valid for the period it is issued unless, it is cancelled by the FSSAI. An application for renewal must be made before expiry of the License. It can be renewed for a maximum period of five years.

Q6. Can a FBO carry on different activity at same premises under one License?

Ans: Can a FBO carry on different activity at same premises under one License?License is location specific. So, a single premise with multiple businesses interrelated to each other is eligible for one License/registration only. So in the same premises if activities are carried on for processing of meat, milk & fruits & vegetables, there will be a separate license as these will be done in separate portions & businesses are not connected. However, in case there is fruit & vegetable processing & godown/ store along with it, since these are connected activities, one license is applicable.

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