FSSAI Registration

FSSAI REGISTRATION

FSSAI License and Registration is required for any food business in India that manufactures, stores, transports, or distributes food. Depending on the size and nature of the company, FSSAI registration or license may be required. In the FSSAI Registration process, the FBO will get a 14 digit number that needs to be printed on food packages. Obtaining a FSSAI license can provide the food business with legal benefits, build goodwill, ensure food safety, create consumer awareness, and assist in business expansion. BRITSI can help you obtain an FSSAI license throughout the country very quickly. We also help to get FSSAI registration. Our experts will guide you in selecting the proper food category and license.

Governing Law

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a legal authority that offers a food license to all food business operators (FBO) in India.

As per Section 31(1) Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, every Food Business Operator in the country must be licensed under the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The FSSAI licensing and registration procedure and requirements are regulated by the Food Safety & Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Regulations, 2011.

Food Business Operators Who Require FSSAI Registration?

The Food Business Operators (FBOs) carrying on the following kinds of the food business must have FSSAI License/Registration:

  1. Petty retailers, Retail Shops, Snacks shops, Confectionery or Bakery shops, etc
  2. Temporary stalls, fixed stalls, or food premises are involved in preparing, storing, distributing, and selling food products.
  3. Hawkers sell packaged or freshly prepared food by traveling from one location to another.
  4. Dairy Units, including Milk Chilling Units, Petty Milkmen, and Milk Vendors
  5. Slaughtering house
  6. Fish Processing, Meat Processing, and unit
  7. All Food Manufacturing units that include Repacking food
  8. Vegetable Oil Processing Units
  9. Proprietary food and Novel food
  10. Cold/refrigerated storage facility
  11. Transporter of food products having several specialized vehicles like insulated refrigerated vans/wagons, milk tankers, food wagons, food trucks, etc
  12. Wholesalers, suppliers, distributors, and marketers of food products
  13. Hotels, Restaurants, and Bars
  14. Canteens and Cafeteria, including mid-day meal canteens
  15. Food Vending Agencies and Caterers
  16. Dhaba, PG provides food, a Banquet hall with food catering arrangements, Home Based Canteen, and Food stalls at fairs or religious institutions.
  17. Importers and Exporters of food items and food ingredients
  18. E-Commerce food suppliers, including cloud kitchens

Eligibility Criteria for Food Business Registration/License

The document attached here provides eligibility criteria for Food Business Registration/License.

  1. FSSAI Registration/FSSAI License: FSSAI registration is provided based on the business types, turnover, and production capacity. According to the installed capacity and turnover, FBOs are eligible for essential, central, and state licenses.
  2. FSSAI Registration: FSSAI Registration is mandatory for petty food manufacturers or the FBO having a turnover of less than Rs.12 Lakhs unless the FBO is covered under compulsory licensing. The petty FBO who manufactures or sells food items, a hawker, little retailer, itinerant vendor, temporary stall-holder, or small-scale industries relating to food business who comply with the following conditions must obtain an FSSAI registration certificate.
  3. Annual turnover does not exceed Rs.12 lakh.
  4. Production capacity of food products (other than milk and milk products and meat and meat products) up to 100 liters or kg per day
  • Procurement or handling and collection of milk is up to 500 liters of milk per day or
  1. Slaughtering capacity is two large animals or ten small animals, or 50 poultry birds per day or less.
  2. Distributes foods including in any religious or social gathering except a caterer

For a better understanding, go through the following table:

Sl.No

Business

Capacity

1

Food production capacity (other than milk and meat)

Up to 100 kg/ltr per day

2

Procurement, handling, and collection of milk

Up to 500 ltr per day

3

Slaughtering capacity

Two large animals or ten small animals, or 50 poultry birds per day or less

FSSAI registration number will be granted by the State Licensing Authority, and its carries 14 digits in it, but the first digit starts with 2.

FSSAI License

FSSAI License is mandatory for businesses having a turnover of more than 12 lakh or by the FBO engaged in food processing and manufacturing. The FSSAI License is categorized into two types Central and State License. FSSAI license carries 14 digits, wherein the first digit starts with 1. FBOs need to get the state license or the central license depending on the size of their business.

State license

Medium-size processors, manufacturers, traders, marketers, or transporters require the FSSAI state license from the state government.

The FBO has an annual turnover of more than Rs.12 lakh but not exceeding Rs.20 crore, is considered a medium-sized FBO and must obtain a state license.

The FBO must get a central license when its annual turnover crosses Rs.20 crore.

Central license

A large-sized business processing, transporting, manufacturing, and having international trade of food products needs to obtain the FSSAI central license. The FBO having an annual turnover of more than Rs.20 crore is considered a large business and must obtain an FSSAI central license from the Central Government.

Difference between FSSAI Registration and FSSAI License

Particulars

FSSAI Registration

FSSAI License

Turnover Limit

Businesses having an annual turnover not exceeding Rs.12 lakh

Companies having an annual turnover of more than Rs.12 lakh

Types

Basic Registration

FSSAI Central License and FSSAI State License

Size of Business

Petty food business operators

Medium and large-sized food business operators and food businesses

Duration

Duration depends on the applicability of the registration

Issued for a period of a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years

Application

Form A

Form B

Fees for Registration/License

Fixed at Rs.100 per year.

It varies from Rs.2000 to Rs.7500 per year, depending on the criteria and type of license.

Publication

The FBO should display the FSSAI registration on the office premises, and the registered number should be displayed on the product package.

The exporter, importer, traders, and producers have to mandatorily publish the FSSAI license number on the package of the products.

Benefits of Procuring FSSAI Food License

Obtaining an FSSAI license can provide the food business with the following benefits:

  1. Legal benefit
  2. Ensure food safety
  3. Build goodwill
  4. Create consumer awareness
  5. It helps regulate, manufacture, store, distribute, and sell imported food.
  6. It becomes easy to obtain funds from investors when an entrepreneur has an FSSAI license.
  7. FSSAI logos on food products ensure the quality of the products to the customers.
  8. The registration number displayed on the food premises indicates that the premises comply with hygiene and quality standards.

Validity of FSSAI License/Registration

The FSSAI License / Registration will be issued for 1 to 5 years, as chosen by the Food Business Operator, from the date of issue of registration or license. The FBO must apply for renewal 30 days before the expiry of the current request.

Fee Structure

The FBO needs to pay the below-mentioned fee to obtain FSSAI License/Registration.

Sl.No

Details

Fee

1

FSSAI License

Rs.2000 to 7500 per year

2

Registration Certificate

Rs.100 per year

3

Modification of License and Certificate

Rs.1000 for the license and Rs.100 for the registration

4

Renewal of License and Certificate

Same as New license/Registration

Documents Required

The documents required for obtaining the license or registration from the FoSCoS are as follows:

Documents for New FSSAI License

A list of documents required to be submitted when applying for a new FSSAI license and renewal/modification of permit was issued by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) vide a Notification dated 19th March 2021. With this Notification, FSSAI has come up with a KoB-wise list of documents to be submitted with the application for a license.

Revised List of KoB-wise Mandatory Documents

The KoB-wise list of documents is divided into two parts, i.e., Documents for Non-Manufacturing KoBs and Documents for Manufacturing KoBs.

Documents for Non-Manufacturing KoBs

The KoB wise mandatory documents for Non-Manufacturing KoBs are as follows:

The list of documents for non-manufacturing/processing Kind of Business applicable for all kinds of business:

  1. List of Directors/Partners/Proprietor/Executive members of Society/ Trust with full address and contact details with the nomination of authorized Signatory
  2. Photo ID and address proof issued by Government authority of Proprietor/Partner/Directors /Authorized Signatory
  3. Proof of possession of premises (Sale deed/Rent Agreement/Electricity bill)
  4. Partnership Deed/Self Declaration for Proprietorship/Momendrum and Article of Association towards the constitution of the firm
  5. Copy of Certificate obtained under Coop Act – 1861
  6. Form IX – Nomination of Person

Documents for Manufacturing KoBs

A list of additional specific documents related to the type of food business activity is given here:

Sl. No

Type of Food Business

Documents Required

1

Hotels, Restaurants, Food Vending Establishments, Club/Canteen

Analysis report of water to be as an ingredient in food from

a recognized/public health laboratory

2

Importer

Importer Export Code and Recall Pan

3

Merchant Exporter

Importer Export Code and Declaration that products meant for

export only shall not be exposed for sale and consumption in the

domestic market.

4

Head office/Registered office/e-Commerce

Recall Pan

5

Transporters

List of Vehicle Registration Numbers

Documents Required for Manufacturers/Processors

The following documents are applicable for all manufacturing and processing KoBs.

  1. List of Directors, Partners, Proprietor, Executive Members of Society, Trust with full address and contact details with the nomination of authorized Signatory
  2. Photo ID and address of proof issued by the Government authority of the Proprietor, Partner, Directors, and authorized Signatory
  3. Proof of Possession of premises (Sale Deed, Rent Agreement, Electricity Bill)
  4. Partnership Deed, Self Declaration for Proprietorship, Memorandum, and Article of Association towards the constitution of the firm
  5. Copy of certificate obtained under Coop Act-1861
  6. Form IX- Nomination of a person as the FSS Rules, 2008
  7. Blueprint/layout plan of the processing unit showing the dimensions in meters/square meters and operation-wise area location.
  8. Production unit photographs
  9. Name and list of equipment and Machinery along with a number, installed capacity, and horsepower used
  10. Analysis report (Chemical and bacteriological) of water to be used as an ingredient in food from recognized /public health laboratory

Additional Specific Documents for Manufacturing/Processing Activity

Sl.No

Type of Manufacturing/Processing Activity

Documents Required

1

Dairy Processing

Source or procurement plan for milk

2

Meat Processing

Source of Raw Material

NOC from Municipal Corporation /Local body

3

Slaughter House

NOC from Municipal Corporation /Local body

4

Relabellers and Repackers

NOC from Manufactures

5

Nutraceuticals

Product Specification of each product

6

Proprietary Foods

Composition of each product

7

Packaged Drinking Water

Pesticide residues report water to be used as an ingredient

8

Novel Foods

Product Approval from FSSAI HQ for each product

Additional Documents to Manufacturer – Exporters

  1. Import Export Code
  2. A declaration that the product meant for export only shall not be exposed for sale and consumption in the domestic market. Further, the effects (meant for export only) meet the importing country’s standards.
  3. Ministry of Commerce Certificate for 100% EOU
  4. Other Documents list irrespective of Kind of Business
  5. In case of extraction of groundwater, NOC from CGWA as per FSSAI order dated 2nd January 2018 and 11th January 2021
  6. Any document which is required by the licensing authority to ensure food safety of food
  7. Any document specified by FSSAI or Commissioner of Food Safety through a public order for any particular Kind of Business Activity

Documents Required for Renewal of License

The following documents will apply to all kinds of business

  1. FSMS Certificate
  2. Updating of details of Nominee
  3. Modification of License
  4. Supporting Document for modification on letterhead
  5. Any document which is required by licensing authority to ensure the safety of food

Documents for New FSSAI Registration Certificate

  1. Photograph of the Applicant
  2. Government-issued photo identities such as AADHAAR, PAN, Voter ID, etc
  3. Proof of Address of Businesses activity (if the address is other than as mentioned in the Photo ID Card)

Documents for Renewal/Modification of License

  1. Any change in documents or information provided during the grant of the previous food business license.
  2. Certificate of Food Safety Management System being adopted
  3. Medical fitness certificates of all workers engaged in the firm
  4. All details of technical personnel in charge of the operation

Documents required for Renewal of Registration/License

Any change in documents or information provided during the grant of the previous registration

Procedure to Apply for FSSAI License and Registration

The process to get the FSSAI License and Registration through the FoSCoS portal is explained in detail below.

Step1: The Food Business Operator (FBO) needs to access the official webpage of the Food Safety and Compliance System (FoSCoS) and click on the signup option from the homepage at the top right corner of the portal.

Step2: By clicking on signup, the FOB will be redirected to the signup page; provide all details, such as Name, Email ID, Mobile Number, Login ID, and Password, and click on the “Signup” button.

Step3: A verification code will be sent to the registered mail and mobile number. Furnish that verification code in the provided box and click on the “Submit” option to verify the details.

Step4: After successfully signing up, the FOB can enter the portal by entering the username and password.

Registration of Petty Food Business Operators

After login into the portal, click on the “Apply for Registration Certificate (Petty Food Business Operators)” option. After the verification of OTP, select the application for the New Registration option. A new application page will open, provide all details in the application for registration of Petty FBO and submit the application.

Procedure for New Application (Registration/License)

After login to the portal, the system will display the dashboard; click on the License/Registration option in the left menu and select the Apply for New License/Registration option.

Step1: Select the State and Read the Note before proceeding

Step2: Read the Group Heads of Kind of Business. Select Restaurant from food services Business Group Head

Step3: Choose the right Radio Button according to the turnover of your food business and Proceed to fill out the application

Step4: Fill in all the mandatory fields as shown in the application Form B

Step5: Please furnish the communication details with caution, and communication made by the authority will be done to the mentioned contact details viz Mobile Number or Email ID, etc.

Step6: Upload the relevant set of documents. Pay the fee with available modes and click on apply.

Step7: After completing the fee payment, a receipt will be generated with a 17-digit reference number that can be used for future reference.

Procedure for Renewal

FBOs can submit a request to renew their existing issued licenses/ registrations using the Renewal tab. The renewal application needs to be submitted between the time frame of 120 days and 30 days before the date of the expiry of the license.

As soon as the FSSAI authorities issue the FSSAI registration certificate, the status will be displayed as ‘Registration Certificate Issued.’  The applicants can download the certificate by logging into the FoSCoS website.

FSSAI Penalty and Offenses

If any person or food business operator (except the persons exempted from licensing under sub-section (2) of section 31 of this Act), himself or by any person on his behalf who is required to obtain a license, manufacturers, sells, stores or distributes or imports any article of food without a permit, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months and also with a fine which may extend to five lakh rupees.

To ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption, the FSSAI Act prescribes several penalties and offenses for contravening.

FSSAI Penalty and Offenses

The Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006 was established to consolidate the laws relating to food and to establish the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for laying down science-based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, and distribution, sale, and import, to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption. Therefore, to regulate the food industry, the FSSAI Act prescribes several penalties and offenses for contravening. This article will look at some of the significant FSSAI fines and violations.

Sections under which penalties are issued

The provisions relating to offenses and penalties are specified under section 48. Penalties are given from Sections 49-67 of the FSSAI Act.

Penalties for being non-compliant under the FSSAI:

Every business needs to be compliant with the laws and guidelines of the concerned authority and government. The food business needs to be compliant as it has the health of humans on its brink. The penalties under chapter 9 of the FSSAI act, there are the following sections which include the following:

Section 50: Penalty for selling food not of the nature or substance, or quality demanded 

Any person who sells to the purchaser’s prejudice any food which is not in compliance with the provisions of this FSSAI Act or the regulations or of the nature or substance or quality demanded by the purchaser shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding five lakh rupees.

They provided that the persons covered under sub-section (2) of section 31 shall, for such non-compliance, be liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five thousand rupees.

Section 51: Penalty for sub-standard food

Any person who, whether by himself or by any other person on his behalf, manufactures for sale or stores or sells or distributes or imports any sub-standard food article for human consumption shall be liable to a penalty which may extend to five lakh rupees.

Section 52: Penalty for misbranded food

Any person who, whether by himself or by any other person on his behalf, manufactures for sale or stores or sells or distributes or imports any article of food for human consumption which is misbranded shall be liable to a penalty which may extend to three lakh rupees.

The Adjudicating Officer may issue a direction to the person found guilty of an offense under this section for taking corrective action to rectify the mistake, or such article of food shall be destroyed.

Section 53: Penalty for misleading advertisement

Under chapter 9 of the Food safety and standards act, 2006, if any person publishes or is a part of a publication that advertises to falsely describes food and is possible to deceive or trick as to the nature/substance/or quality of any food or provides a dishonest guarantee, is liable to a penalty which may extend to ten lakh rupees.

Section 54:  Penalty for food containing extraneous matter

Any person, whether by himself or by any other person on his behalf, manufactures for sale or stores or sells or distributes or imports any article of food for human consumption containing extraneous matter shall be liable to a penalty which may extend to one lakh rupees.

Section 55: Failure to comply with the directions of FSO

If any food business operator or importer fails to comply with the requirements under the act without any basic or reasonable ground is liable to a penalty which may extend to two lakh rupees per the directions of the Food Safety Officer.

Section 56: Penalty for unhygienic or unsanitary processing or manufacturing of food

Any person who, whether by himself or by any other person on his behalf, manufactures or processes any article of food for human consumption under unhygienic or unsanitary conditions shall be liable to a penalty that may extend to one lakh rupees.

Section 57: Possessing Adulterant

If any person themself or through any other person on his behalf, manufacture/process/imports/sells/or distributes any adulterant, is liable to the below-mentioned penalty:

A penalty not exceeding two lakh rupees if such adulterant is not injurious to health

A fine not exceeding ten lakh rupees if such adulterant is injurious to health

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has recommended stringent punishment to curb food adulteration following the Supreme Court order. Those adulterating food products could face life imprisonment and a penalty of up to Rs 10 lakh as per the amendments proposed by the regulator FSSAI in its 2006 food safety and standards law.

Process for Checking Food Adulteration

The implementation and enforcement of the Food Safety and Standards Act, of 2006 rests with State Governments. Random samples of food items are drawn by the State Food Safety Officers and sent to the laboratories recognized by the FSSAI for analysis. In cases, where samples are found to contain adulterants, action is taken as per the provision of the FSSAI Act.

Powers of Food Safety Officer

A food safety officer is the authorized person to inspect the safety and security of food that is being served in restaurants or street food stalls. In case the food inspected by an officer is not fresh or had got spoilt, the FSSAI officer has all the rights to stop production of such food and issue a warning in writing to the organizer. Further, Food Safety Officer can also search or inspect any place with the help of the police force. Usually, the search is controlled or managed by a search warrant issued under the penal code.

Section 58: Contravention of FSSAI Rules

 If any person who violates or opposes the rules and regulations as stated under the FSSAI act is liable to a penalty that may extend to two lakh rupees.

Section 59: Punishment for unsafe food

Any person who, whether by himself or by any other person on his behalf, manufactures for sale or stores or sells or distributes or imports any article of food for human consumption which is unsafe shall be punishable:

  1. Where such failure or contravention does not result in injury, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months and also with a fine which may extend to one lakh rupees;
  2. Where such failure or contravention results in a non-grievous injury, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year and also with a fine which may extend to three lakh rupees;
  3. Where such failure or contravention results in a grievous injury, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six years and also with a fine which may extend to five lakh rupees;
  4. Where such failure or contravention results in death, with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than seven years but may extend to imprisonment for life, and with a fine which shall not be less than ten lakh Rupees.

Section 60: Punishment for interfering with seized items

If any person illegally or without the permission of the Food Safety Officer holds/switches/transfers/or damages any such food/vehicle/package/labeling/or advertising matter that has been confiscated, is punishable with imprisonment for a duration which may extend to six months and also with fine which may extend to two lakh rupees.

Section 61: Punishment for false information

 if any person gives in false details as required under the FSSAI act is punishable with imprisonment for a duration which may extend to three months and a fine which may extend to two lakh rupees.

Section 62: Punishment for obstructing or impersonating an FSO

If any person tries to or does threaten/excuse/resist/obstruct/intimidate/or assault the Food Safety Officer (FSO) during his checks or hours of exercising inspection is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months and also with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees.

Section 63: Punishment for carrying out a business without an FSSAI license

If any person or food business operator (except the persons exempted from licensing under sub-section (2) of section 31 of this Act), himself or by any person on his behalf who is required to obtain a license, manufacturers, sells, stores or distributes or imports any article of food without a permit, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months and also with a fine which may extend to five lakh rupees.

Section 64: Punishment for subsequent offenses

If any person is found guilty as per the law under the FSSAI act is again commits and is convicted of the same is liable to the following penalty-

FSSAI license being canceled

An additional fine daily which may extend up to one lakh rupees, where the offense is a continuing one

Twice the punishment, which might have been imposed on a first conviction, subject to the sentence being maximum provided for the same offense

Section 65: Compensation in case injury or death of consumer

f any person themself or through any other person on his behalf, manufacture/process/imports/sell/or distributes any article of food inducing injury to the consumer or to his death, shall be lawful for the Adjudicating Officer or as the case may be, the court to direct him to pay compensation to the victim or the legal representative of the victim, a sum-

  1. not exceeding three lakh rupees in case of grievous injury
  2. not less than five lakh rupees in case of death
  3. not exceeding one lakh rupees in all other cases of injury

Note: The compensation is processed six months from the date of occurrence of the incident and as early as possible. If the case reaches death, an interim relief shall be paid to the next of kin within thirty days of the incident.

Section 66: Offences by Companies

Suppose a company has committed an offense under the FSSAI act. In that case, every person in charge of the company when the offense was committed is held responsible and deemed guilty of the crime and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

Provided that where a company has different establishments or branches or different units in any establishment or branch, the concerned Head or the person in charge of such establishment, branch, or team nominated by the company as responsible for food safety shall be liable for infringement in respect of such establishment, branch or unit:

Notwithstanding anything in sub-section (1), where a Company has committed an offense under this Act, and it is proved that the offense has been committed with the consent or connivance of or is attributable to any neglect on the part of any Director, Manager, Secretary or other Officer of the Company, such Director, Manager, Secretary or other Office shall also be deemed to be guilty of that offense and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

Section 67: Imports of food in contravention of the FSSAI Act

If any person who imports any article of food which is in contravention of the provisions of this FSSAI Act, rules and regulations made there under, shall, in addition to any penalty to which he may be liable under the conditions of the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992 (22 of 1992) and the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962) be also liable under the FSSSAI Act and shall be proceeded against accordingly.

Any such article of food shall be destroyed or returned to the importer if permitted by the competent authority under the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992 (22 of 1992) of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), or any other Act, as the case may be.

Section

Offense

Penalty

Persons covered

 Fine (Rs.)

Imprisonment

50

Selling food, not of the nature or substances or quality demanded

Seller

5 Lakh

 
 

Penalty in case of Petty food business operator for non-compliance under Section 50 shall not exceed Rs. 25000

51

Sub-standard food

Manufacturer, Seller, Storage, Distributor, Importer

5 Lakhs

 

52

Misbranded food

Manufacturer, Seller, Storage, Distributor, Importer

3 Lakhs

 

53

Misleading advertisement: False description; Or

Publisher or any person involved in publishing

10 Lakhs

 

54

Food contains extraneous matter

Manufacturer, Seller, Storage, Distributor, Importer

1 Lakhs

 

55

Failure to comply with the direction

Food business operators or importers

2 Lakhs

 

56

Unhygienic or unsanitary: Processing; or Manufacture

Manufacturer or processor

1 Lakhs

 

57

Possessing adulterant

Manufacturer, Seller, Storage, Distributor, Importer

Adulterant is not injurious to health – 2 lakh

Adulterant is  injurious to health – 10 lakh

Life imprisonment

58

Contraventions for which no specific penalty is provided

Any person

2 Lakh

59

Punishment for unsafe food

Manufacturer, Seller, Storage, Distributor, Importer

No injury – 1Lakh

Non-Grievous injury – 3Lakh

Grievous injury – 5 Lakh

60

Punishment for interfering with seized items

Any person

2 Lakh

61

Punishment for false information

Any person, as per the directions under the FSSAI Act

2 Lakh

62

Punishment for obstructing or impersonating an FSO

Any Person

1 Lakh

63

Punishment for carrying out a business without a license

Any Person, Food Business operator

5 Lakh

64

Punishment for subsequent offenses

Any Person

Fine on a daily basis – 1Lakh

65

Compensation in case of injury or death of a consumer

Any Person

5 Lakh in case of death

3 lakh in case of Grievous injury

1 lakh in case of all other cases of injury

Documents Required For FSSAI Registration

  1. Promoters Passport Size Photo
  2. PAN Card
  3. Food Applicant
  4. Passport
  5. Driving License
  6. Voters Identity Card
  7. Driving License
  8. Voters Identity Card
  9. Aadhaar Card
  10. Food Applicant
  11. Electricity Bill
  12. Telephone Bill
  13. Incorporation Certificate
  14. Partnership Deed
  15. Memorandum of Association Copy
  16. Articles of Association Copy
  17. PAN of Company / LLP
  18. Rental agreement
  19. Proof of premises Eb Bill or Rent Agreement or Property Tax Receipt – Business Place

FSSAI Registration FAQ's

Who needs an FSSAI License?

License and Registration is required for any food business in India that manufactures, stores, transports, or distributes food. Depending on the size and nature of the company, FSSAI registration or License may be required.

Who are exempted from FSSAI registration?

  1. Individual members manufacturing or conducting food business activities from home for a registered Cooperative Society or Mahila Udyog or Self Help Group or Gruh Udyog, or any similar government-registered society
  2. The Direct Selling entity is willing to take responsibility for its Direct Sellers and has given them written authorization to do so
  3. A milkman/vendor registers with a Cooperative Society and sells his whole milk production to that society.
  4. The delivery person, direct selling agent, or owner of food vending machines, water vending machines, food ATMs, or food carts.

Can we start a business without FSSAI?

No. To ensure safe and wholesome food for human consumption, FSSAI Act requires licenses from FSSAI for every food business set up. It’s important for all the Food Business Operators to obtain a 14-digit FSSAI License Number and print it on all the food products they own.


Which products need an FSSAI license?

The Business with the following type of products must have FSSAI License/Registration:

  1. Dairy products and analogs
  2. Fats and oils, and fat emulsions
  3. Edible ice, including sherbet and sorbe
  4. Fruits and vegetables include mushrooms, fungi, roots, tubers, fresh pulses and legumes, aloe vera, seaweed nuts, and seeds.
  5. Confectionery
  6. Fish and fish products, including crustaceans, mollusks, and echinoderms
  7. Bakery products and Sweeteners, including honey
  8. Cereals and cereal products derived from cereal grain, roots, tubers, legumes, and pith or soft core of palm tree, excluding the bakery wares of the food category
  9. Meat and meat products, Eggs and egg products
  10. Salts, spices, soups, sauces, salads, and protein products
  11. Foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses – Infant formulae, follow-up formulae, and formulae for certain medical purposes for infants
  12. Beverages, excluding dairy products (Non-alcoholic drinks)
  13. Food Additives- All Food Additives permitted and standardized under FSS (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, and FSS Nutraceutical Regulations, 2016, and their preparations
  14. Nutrients and their preparations
  15. Micronutrients specified under FSSR and their preparations/premixes of nutrients, Fortified Rice Kernel
  16. Microorganisms and Microbial Preparations and Functional Ingredients
  17. Standardized Food Products, excluding those covered under categories 1-14
  18. Indian Sweets and Indian Snacks & Savories products
  19. Hemp Seeds and Seed Products

How much money does it take to get FSSAI license?

The price of an FSSAI license varies as per the type of license issued. The FSSAI registration fee starts from only Rs.100 per year for the FSSAI registration and goes up to Rs.7500 per year for the FSSAI Central License.
Here are the fees for all license types.

  1. FSSAI Registration – Rs.100 INR
  2. FSSAI State License Registration – Rs.2000- 5000 per year
  3. FSSAI Central License Registration – Rs.7500 INR per year

Is GST required for FSSAI?

FSSAI, on July 27th, 2022 vide a notice announced that GST at the prescribed rate would be applicable on all services provided by FSSAI like issuing a Central license, Food Safety Mitra Fees, Product Approval Fees, Import Clearance Fees, and so forth will attract an 18% service tax.
To know more about whether GST is required for FSSAI, click here.

What is the validity of FSSAI registration?

FSSAI registration or FSSAI license is valid for one year or five years, depending on the fee paid to the Government.

Do I need an FSSAI registration if I am running a home kitchen?

Yes, FSSAI registration is mandatory for all persons operating a home kitchen or bakery in India.

Can FSSAI registration or License be obtained online?

Yes, the process for obtaining FSSAI registration or License is entirely online. There is no requirement for the applicant to visit any office.

Should I mention the FSSAI number in the invoice?

From October 1, 2021, the FSSAI has mandated all food businesses to mention FSSAI registration or FSSAI license number on invoices and bills.

My food business unit needs to be relocated. Can I retain the existing license number for the new location? 

Yes, Food Businesses operator can retain their existing FSSAI License/Registration number upon change of their food business premise address by applying for a Modification application on the FoSCoS Portal with the required modification fee.

Who are petty food business operators? What is the eligibility for the FSSAI registration certificate?

Petty Food Business Operators (FBO) are those who manufacture or sell any article of food or a petty retailer, hawker, itinerant vendor or temporary stall holders or small scale or cottage or other industries relating to food business or tiny food businesses operators having annual turnover up to Rs. 12 Lakhs and whose 

  1. The production capacity of food products does not exceed 100 kg or liters per day
  2. Procurement or handling and collection of milk is up to 500 liters of milk per day, 
  3. Slaughtering capacity is two large animals or ten small animals, or 50 poultry birds per day or less

These FBOs are required to obtain FSSAI Registration Certificate by applying for Food Safety Compliance System or Food Safety Connect app. This Registration Certificate is embedded with a QR code and has the image of FBO with a 14-digit Registration number starting with 2 (2xxxxxxxxxxxxx).

My License was canceled. Can I apply for a new License? 

After three months from the date of cancellation, the Food Business Operator may make a new application for License to the concerned authority if all observations made in the improvement notice have been complied with.

Are physical documents required to be furnished at Regional/State Offices for License after submitting an online application?

No, there is no need to furnish any physical documents at Regional/ State offices for Central/ State FSSAI licenses.

I have closed down my food business. How to surrender the FSSAI License/Registration? 

You need to apply online to surrender the License or Registration by login into the Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCoS) account from which the license/registration application was filed. After approval of the concerned authority, it will be considered surrendered.

How to transfer the FSSAI License from one owner FBO to another in case of the death of the owner?

By applying a transfer application on online, the FSSAI License can be transferred in case of the death of the license owner. Proof of Legal Heir and Death Certificate are required for transfer of License.

How to renew FSSAI license/Registration after expiry? 

From October 1, 2021, the FSSAI has mandated for all food business to FSSAI registration or FSSAI license number on invoices and bills. Food Business Operators can renew the FSSAI License/Registration even after the expiry date with the following penalties:  Three times the existing annual license/registration fee in the period – 1st day to 90th day from the original expiry date. Additional two times of the existing annual license/registration fee (i.e., total five times) in the period – 91st day to 180th day from the original expiry date.

What are the documents required for FSSAI License? Where do I get the necessary documents for the FSSAI License? 

Based on the kind of food business, the documents are classified. On the homepage of FSSAI’s Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCoS), you can find the list of documents under ‘Documents required.’ You can also find the document list by visiting our article.

Is it possible to identify the category of an FSSAI License/Registration by its number?

FSSAI License number is 14 digits and starts with ‘1’ while the FSSAI Registration number is also 14 digits and starts with ‘2’.

Do I need to file an annual return for my food business? 

Manufacturing FBOs (including repackaging and relabeling, i.e., those who get their food products manufactured by third-party manufacturers) and importing FBOs need to submit Annual Returns in Form D1 by 31st May of every preceding financial year only through FoSCoS Portal.

Is there a penalty for late or non-submission of annual returns?

Any delay in filing the Food Business Annual return beyond 31st May each year shall attract a penalty of Rs.100 per day for delay till the date of filing of the return. The maximum penalty levied shall not exceed 5 times the annual license fees.

What are the different categories of licenses?

According to the FSS (Licensing & Registration) Regulations, 2011, FBOs are granted licenses and registrations based on a 3-tier system, i.e., Registration, State license, and Central License. FSSAI license/registration is provided based on the business types, turnover, and production capacity.

To run a food business in more than two states, which FSSAI license is required?

A food business operator operating in more than two states is required to have a Central License for their registered office/head office and separate licenses/registrations for each unit according to its capacity/turnover.

How can I get an FSSAI license online?

FBO can obtain an FSSAI license in India through BRITSI. BRITSI helps food business operators apply for FSSAI licenses on the FoSCoS and monitor their registrations.

Is it mandatory to obtain an FSSAI license in India?

Any person or entity, who manufactures, processes, stores, distributes, or sells food must get an FSSAI Registration or License. Failure to obtain an FSSAI license can lead to penalties and imprisonment.

How long does it take to get the FSSAI registration?

FSSAI registration can be obtained in less than five days online through BRITSI.

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