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FSSAI is an abbreviation used for Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. FSSAI license is mandatory before starting any food business. All the manufacturers, traders, restaurants who are involved in food business must obtain a 14-digit registration or a license number which must be printed on food packages.
This step is taken by government to ensure that food products undergo certain quality checks, thereby reducing the instances of adulteration, substandard products and improve accountability of manufacturers.
What is the point of this?
Do you operate a small to medium-Large sized food business in your state? Are you the owner of a medium or huge food business FSSAI with locations across India? If this is the case, you must obtain an FSSAI license to confirm the legitimacy of your business. A 14-digit code is placed on each of your items as part of this licensing. The code verifies your company and establishes customer confidence and trust.
Article 31 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (Food Safety and Standards (Licensing/Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2009) establishes mandatory licensing and registration requirements for any food business. From start to finish, a Food License Consultant will assist you with the Food Licensing and Enrollment Process.
FSSAI Basic Registration
This is required for small business or startups which have annual turnover below Rs.12 lakhs. Basic registration can be upgraded to state license as your sales graph increases.
The Food business operators like petty food manufacturers and also the small-sized manufacturers, storage units, transporters, retailers, marketers, distributors etc are thus required to obtain the FSSAI Registration. The FSSAI Registration is however issued by the State Government. Depending upon the eligibility, an FBO can thus fall under the State or Registration license. It is thus mostly for the units having an annual turnover which is up to 12 lakh.
FSSAI State License
FSSAI Central License
This license is applicable typically on large business with annual turnover above Rs.20 crores. It is also required in cases where you need to supply at the government offices or import / export food products.
Food business operators such as the Importers, 100% Export Oriented Units, large manufacturers, operators in the Central Government agencies, airports, seaports etc are however required to obtain a Central Food License. The Central license is issued by the Central Government. Furthermore, FBOs have to obtain the Central License for their head office, and if they have operations in more than 1 state. It is thus mostly for the units who are having an annual turnover which is greater than 20 crores.