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FSSAI license is mandatory to carry any business activity which deals with production, manufacture, processing, distribution, selling, import, export, the stock of any food article or beverage and it includes Dairy Business, Meat processing, Hotels.


Advantages of FSSAI license & compliance thereof.
FSSAI license certifies that food is tested and the hygiene, sanitary and safety requirements as set by the government of India have been followed by the business entity.


Punishment for carrying on business without FSSAI license The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 strictly prohibits any person or food business operator to engage into manufacturing, selling, distribution or imports of any food product without FSSAI license, punishment with imprisonment for 6 months and also with a fine upto Rs. 5,00,000. Who does not require FSSAI license but needs registration? Any small food business operator who manufactures or sells any food item himself or a petty retailer, hawker, itinerant vendor or temporary stall holder or distributes foods including in any religious or social gathering except a caterer are exempted from FSSAI license, but it is mandatory for them to register with Food Authority. The annual turnover of these Food Business Operator is less than Rs. 12 lakhs. Once these Petty food business operators register with Food Authority, Certificate of Registration and a photo identity card.


Categories of FSSAI license: 2 types, Central and State, depending upon the turnover /output or storage capacity of Food business operator.

  • 1. State Fsssai license is mandatory for food Business operator(FBO) if
    • Its Annual turnover of FBO is above 12 lakhs, or
    • It is 3 star hotels and above, or
    • If Transporter having 100 vehicles or turn over up to 30 crore
  • 2. Central FSSAI license is mandatory for food Business operator (FBO) if:
    • Its installed capacity of production is more than 2MT/day
    • Its annual turnover is above Rs. 20 crores, or
    • Its business operations in more than one state, or
    • FBO is engaged in import or export of food products, or
    • It is Five-star Hotels and above

Documents Required for FSSAI State and Central License:

  • 1. Blueprint or layout plan of the processing unit
  • 2. List of Directors or partners with full address and contact details
  • 3. Photo ID and address proof issued by Government authority of Proprietor or Partner or Director(s)
  • 4. Name and List of Equipment and Machinery along with their number, installed capacity
  • 5. List of food category desired to be manufactured. (In case of manufacturers).
  • 6. Authority letter with name and address of responsible person nominated by the manufacturer along with alternative responsible person indicating the powers vested with them viz assisting the officers in inspections, a collection of samples, packing & dispatch. (Mandatory for manufacturing and processors).
  • 7. Analysis report (Chemical & Bacteriological) of water to be used as an ingredient in food from a recognized or public health laboratory to confirm the portability (mandatory only for manufacturing and processing units only).
  • 8. A Copy of sale deed or Rent agreement or electricity bill
  • 9. A copy of Partnership Deed or Affidavit or AOA & MOA towards the
  • constitution of the firm.
  • 10. A copy of certificate obtained under Co-Op Act 1861/Multi State
  • Co-Op Act 2002 for Co-Operatives. (if applicable).
  • 11. Food Safety Management System plan or certificate (if any).
  • 12. Source of raw material for meat and meat processing plants. (if applicable).
  • 13. Pesticide residues report of water (for packaged drinking water business),
  • 14. NOCs from Municipality or local body. (optional)
  • 15. Supporting document proof for turnover
  • 16. Import Export?Code document issued by DGFT(dealing with import and export of food products)

*About FSSAI
( Food Safety & Standards Authority Of India )

The Food Standards and Safety Authority of India (FSSAI) is the supreme authority which is responsible for regulating and supervising the food safety. It is mandatory for all the Food Business Operators (FBOs) in order to obtain an *FSSAI license* or Food Licenses. A common confusion or a misunderstanding which is among the FBOs is the license which the businessman is required to obtain. FSSAI lays down science-based standards for the articles of food and it also regulates their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and the import in order to ensure the availability of safe and also wholesome food to 130 crore citizens of the country. The authority is thus also responsible for creating an information network across the country so that the public, consumers, etc thus receive rapid, reliable and also accurate information about the food safety and also hygiene and the related issues of concern. There are different types of fssai food license.






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