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Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, as an autonomous body. The FSSAI is governed by the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 which regulates standards related to food safety and regulation in India.

It is an obligation for all Food Business Operators (FBO) to acquire FSSAI license or food licenses. FSSAI lays down the standards for the articles of food. Also, the manufacturing, storage, distribution, sale and the import of food articles is regulated by FSSAI in order to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food to people residing in the country. In addition to the above, FSSAI is also in-charge for spreading awareness and creating information network across the country. It ensures that the public in general receive rapid, reliable and accurate information about the food safety, hygiene and the related issues of importance.

We can assist you in obtaining any of the following FSSAI Licenses:

  • FSSAI Registration: These are acquired by the petty food manufacturers and also the small-sized manufacturers, transporters, retailers, storage units, marketers, distributors, etc. FSSAI Registration is issued by the respective State Government, depending upon the eligibility of FBO. It is generally for the units having an annual turnover of up to INR 12 lakhs. The tenure of license is for 1-5 years.
  • FSSAI Registration State License: Small to medium-sized manufacturers, retailers, transporters, marketers, storage units, distributors, etc., are eligible for acquiring this license. It is mandatory to have operations in a single state. FSSAI license is issued by respective State Government. Generally, units having an annual turnover of more than INR 12 lakhs are covered here. Validity of license ranges from 1-5 years.
  • FSSAI Registration Central License: Food business operators like importers, 100% Export Oriented Units (EOU), large manufacturers, operators in the Central Government agencies, airports, seaports etc., are required to obtain a Central Food License. Central Government is responsible for issuing the License. Furthermore, FBOs have to obtain the Central License for their head office, and if they have operations in more than one state. The units having an annual turnover of more than INR 20 crores are covered in this category. Validity of license ranges from 1-5 years.

Further, applicability of license acquisition will depend upon the nature, size and type of business.


What is FSSAI Registration?

FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) provides food licenses to every food business in India along with that it looks after the safety of the customer and the product. As per the FSSAI Act 2006, it is necessary for every food business owner to apply for an FSSAI license in India. FSSAI registration helps the food business owners to avail of various benefits through it.

When should I register for FSSAI?

As per the FSSA Act 2006, it is mandatory to get an FSSAI license for every food business owner in India. FSSAI registration is segregated in 3 different categories as mentioned below:

  • Basic FSSAI registration
    It is required when the annual turnover is less than 12 lakhs rupees, a food business operator (FBO) should apply for Basic FSSAI registration.
  • State FSSAI registration
    It is required when the annual turnover is more than 12 lakhs rupees and less than 20 crores; a FBO should apply for State FSSAI registration.
  • Central FSSAI license registration
    It is required when the annual turnover is more than 20 crores; a FBO should apply for Central FSSAI registration.
Do I need FSSAI license if I am selling homemade stuff online on a small scale?

Yes, you will require an FSSAI registration if you have a business on a small scale and the turnover is between 0-12 lakhs.

What complaints are addressed to the FSSAI or State Authorities?

The main types of complaints/Grievance that can be addressed to the FSSAI or State Authorities are:

  • Complaint related violation of the provisions of Act and Regulation.
  • Food Adulteration.
  • Food poisoning
  • Food contaminations
  • Misleading labeling and packaging
  • Misleading Advertisements
  • Licensing and registration related grievances.
  • Counterfeit products
  • Sub-standard quality of food products
  • Unhygienic Conditions and malpractices by FBOs.
  • Complaints against enforcement officers of States and Centre
  • Queries/suggestions related to Ban of certain food Products (e.g. soft drinks, pan masala etc.).
  • Unauthorized use of food ingredients.
  • Miscellaneous like less weight of food products, offer on the particular products and the one related to other departments.
If I am selling more than one food product, do I need license for each of them?

Yes, you need to obtain a separate license for each product you are selling.

Do medical stores need to get a license if they are selling dietary foods and Neutraceuticals?

Yes, All Food Service Operators including medical stores have to acquire FSSAI License.

How long does it take for FSSAI registration?

You can avail of FSSAI registration within 7 working days through MAS.

What are the penalties for not registering under FSSAI?

If a person or the company found guilty for not filing FSSAI registration can be punished

  • With imprisonment extending up to six months and/or
  • Fine this may be up to INR 5 Lakh.
What is the FSSAI License requirement to run a food business in more than one state with the same name as the company or organization?

Food Business Operators (FBOs) with food business in two or more states has to apply for an additional Central License for its registered Office or Head Office. The separate license or registration has to be obtained for each unit or premise depending upon their individual capacity or turnover from the concerned Central or State licensing authority.

Does the export of food products also require No Objection Certificate (NOC) from FSSAI?

For the export of food products from India, there is no requirement of obtaining a NOC from FSSAI

How can a consumer register his complaint or grievance?

Consumers can connect to FSSAI through various channels, they can register their complaints and feedbacks about food safety issues related to adulterated food, unsafe food, substandard food, labelling defects in food and misleading claims & advertisements related to various food products.

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