Have you ever noticed the FSSAI logo back cover of any packet of wafers, oil, or any food products that we buy on a daily basis? It looks something like this.
Have you ever wondered why every food product needs to have this logo?
Let’s find out what FSSAI actually is.
Introduction of FSSAI
FSSAI stands the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, which is simply a license for a food product based company. It was established in 2006, under the Ministry of health and family welfare and has its headquarters in New Delhi. Any food product based company or business in India needs to register under FSSAI to legally manufacture, transport, or distribute food products.
FSSAI is responsible for setting standards of food, to avoid confusion in the minds of consumers, traders, manufacturers, and investors.
It enhances the food standards according to the latest processing technology.
But most importantly it deals with ensuring the safety of food by testing it.
Why FSSAI License:
No matter if you run a small canteen, club, a Dhaba, a restaurant, a medical, even if you own a large food-based company you need to register the product which you are selling under FSSAI and get the license.
It ensures customers or consumer, that the product they are eating doesn’t contain adulteration or anything that will harm them. The display of the FSSAI registration mark generates trust within the customer.
The product also gains a legal advantage as it receives direct recognition from the government.
FSSAI is responsible for setting standards for food to avoid confusion in minds of consumers, traders, manufacturers and investors.
Different types of license:
FSSAI Basic License: This license is required for the annual turnover of the business which is less than 12 lakhs. It would require a government fee of Rs. 1499/- excluding GST.
FSSAI State License: This license is required for the annual turnover of the business which lies between 12 lakhs to 20 crores. It would require a government fee of Rs. 2999/- excluding GST.
FSSAI Central License: This license is required for the annual turnover of the business which lies above 20 crores. It would require a government fee of Rs. 3999/- excluding GST.
Documents Required for FSSAI Registration:
Any identity proof document like Aadhaar Card, Ration card, Pan Card, Voter ID, or driving license.
Trade License from national authorities like NDMC/DCB/MCD/ Airport Operator depending on the location of operator.
Fire and Safety Certifications for restaurants or canteens.
List of all employees working in eating house (that is restaurants or canteens).
Procedure of Obtaining License:
The best part of the licenses at the moment is that there are applications that allow people to apply for them online and that saves them the time of having to coordinate with the office and make multiple trips.
This process requires only 4 simple steps:
- Visiting onlinelegalIndia.com
- Filling up the form containing your essential credentials.
- Paying online
- Uploading the documents
A Unique Application Reference Number is generated on this.
RA may grant or reject the application – with reasons to be recorded in writing. In 7 days of the receipt of the application. If during the inspection, the inspecting official or agency is satisfied, the FSSAI number will be granted.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):-
What is penalty for violation of regulation associated with labeling on food items?
The highest penalty regarding violation of regulations associated with the labeling on food items is up to 10 lakhs.
What kinds of complaints can be addressed to the FSSAI or state authorities?
Some of the complaints related infringement of the provisions of Act and Regulation are:-
1.)Adulteration of food
2.) Food poisoning
3.) Misleading labeling or packaging
4.) Misleading advertisements
5.) Registration and licensing related complaints
6.) Artificial products
7.) Substandard quality of food products
If a company is selling more than one food product, does it require to take license on each one of them?
Yes, each food product require license, even it belongs to same company.
Under what circumstances FSSAI can suspend the food license?
If the license holder fails to improvise his product, despite of notice, then the food license is suspended.
What is the validity of food license?
Validity of food license is 5 years from the date of issue.