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FSSAI License Registration - An Overview

FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) is a premier government body that underpins standards for the selling, packaging, or storage of food items in India. To ensure utmost food safety, the FSSAI has mandated every food business operator to secure an applicable food license. FSSAI functions under the aegis of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Government of India. FSSAI outlines various guidelines and standards in accordance with the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

FSSAI Basic Registration generally covers the small FBOs. It is entirely distinct from the FSSAI central and state license. FSSAI Basic registration can be secured electronically by filling the FSSAI registration form on an electronic system known as Food Licensing & Registration System (FLRS).

FLRS also enables the applicant to track the submitted application during the processing stage. Almost, 35 States/Union Territories have been granted a license/registration certification electronically. The FSSAI license is usually granted for a timeframe ranging from 1-5 years. The license holder should renew their certification before thirty days of the expiration date via the FLRS portal.

Key Functions performed by FSSAI in India

  • Outlining rules and regulations pertaining to food safety and awareness
  • Granting food licenses to eligible food businesses
  • Setting out procedures & norms for food testing labs
  • Facilitating recommendations to GOI in outlining new policies
  • Collecting data related to contaminants in food articles
  • Identifying the potential risks in the food sector or supply chain of food
  • Conducting an on-site inspection of the premises dealing with food processing or manufacturing
  • Leveraging rapid alert system for speedy detection of problems with food items available to masses

FSAAI has underpinned a stringent operating framework for proprietary food units as most of them operate without any regulations. The authority has not allowed these entities to function without legal consent. It is vital for entities in the food sector regardless of their scope of operation and annual turnover to register with FSSAI.

Potential Benefits of Securing an FSSAI License Registration

Despite being a legal compulsion the FSSAI Basic Registration renders dozens of benefits to the Food business operators. The common benefits of securing FSSAI Basic Registration include

  • Ensure better customer retention
  • Instill trust among the target consumer
  • Allow the business to thrive without legal hassles
  • Ensure business expansion and better earning.

Who are mandatory to secure the FSSAI Basic Registration?

The FSSAI basic registration is mandatory for small businesses generating turnover fewer than Rs.12 lakhs/annum. Apart from this fundamental criterion, the following businesses are also mandatory to secure this registration.

Items / DealersCapacity
Food capacity (Milk & milk products, meat & meat products are not allowed)Less than 100 kg/ltr per day
Milk500 litres per day
Milk solids2.5 Metric Ton (MT) per annum
Vegetable oil or the processTurnover of up to 100 kg or ltr per day.
Meat processing productionMore than 100 kgs per day or 30 MT per day.
Slaughtering capacityLess than 2 large animals or 10 small animals or 50 poultry birds per day.
Food units other than the above mentioned100 ltr/Kg per day.
Cold storageTurnover of up to Rs.12 lakhs per annum.
WholesalersThe yearly turnover of up to Rs.12 lakhs.
RetailersThe yearly turnover of up to Rs.12 lakhs
DistributorsThe yearly turnover of up to Rs.12 lakhs.
SuppliersThe yearly turnover of up to Rs.12 lakhs.
Dhaba ownersRs.12 lakhs turnover per annum.
Clubs/CanteenRs.12 lakhs turnover per annum.
Hotels/RestaurantRs.12 lakhs turnover per annum.
TransportersRs.12 lakhs turnover per annum.

Fundamental Documentations required to Secure FSSAI Basic Registration:

  • Photo identity of the FBO
  • Identity proof such as a Voter Id, Ration Card, PAN Card, DL, Aadhaard Card, Passport, Senior Citizen Card, etc.
  • List of proposed food articles
  • Form-B (duly filled and approved by the applicant)
  • Partnership Deed/ Certificate of Incorporation (COI)/ Memorandum of Association(MOA)/ Articles of Association (AOA)
  • Proof of the business place such as a lease or rental agreement
  • Food safety management system (FSMS) plan
  • Supporting dossiers (if any0 such as NOC of Panchayat/ Municipality, health NOC
  • List of raw materials suppliers
  • Form IX
  • Water test report facilitated by certified NABL certified lab.
  • Import-export code (aka IEC) granted by DGFT
  • List of machines and equipment present at the facility
  • List of directors and Partners list

Procedure for applying for FSSAI Basic Registration

  • Every petty FBO shall register themselves with the Registering Authority (RA) by furnishing a registration form (Form A) under schedule 2 of these regulations along with standard fee as cited in Schedule 3.
  • The petty food manufacturer shall comply with underlying hygiene & safety norms cited in Part I of Schedule 4 of these norms & facilitate a self-attested document cum declaration of adherence to these norms with the form in the format cited in Annexure-1 under Schedule.
  • The Registering Authority (RA) shall consider the application form and may either accord registration or revoke it with concrete reasons to be recorded in written or grant notification for inspection, within seven days of receipt of a registration form.
  • In the case of an inspection being executed, the registration shall be accorded by the RA after being satisfied with the underlying conditions for safety, hygiene, and sanitary of the premises as cited in Part II of Schedule $ within the timeframe of 30 days.

If registration is not accorded or revoked, or inspection does not take place within 7 days cited in above sub-regulation (3) or no decision is communicated within thirty days timeframe as cited in the above sub-regulation (4), the business owner may commence its business undertaking, provided that it will be incumbent on the FBOs to meet any improvement directed by the RA even later.

Provided that registration shall not be refused without giving the applicant an opportunity of being heard and for reasons to be recorded in writing.

  • The Registering Authority (RA) shall accord a registration certificate & a photo identification card, which shall be displayed at a business place at all times or cart or vehicle or any other place where the individual carries the food business in case of Petty Food Business.
  • The Registering Authority (RA) or any institution authorized for this purpose shall inspect the registered business place at least once a year.

Penalties for not complying with FSSAI’s Guidelines

  • If an FBO is found guilty of undertaking business activities without a valid FSSAI license, he/she may confront the jail term for a specified timeframe along with a monetary fine of up to 5 lakhs.

    FSS Act encloses the given penal provisions against the actions that are punishable offenses:
    • Any individual trading non-branded food article, either himself or via a third party that functions independently, shall be subjected to a penalty of up to 5 lakhs.
    • In this scenario, any individual selling low-quality food articles, either himself or via a third party that functions independently, shall be held accountable to face the underlying penalties.
    • If individual trading, marketing, storing, or importing food items available to masses, either himself or by an individual is found with an extraneous matter, the FSSAI penalty for such parties is up to Rs 1 lakhs.
    • If an individual, either himself or via a third party that functions independently manufactures or processes food items meant for masses under unsafe and unhygienic conditions shall be held accountable to face a penalty of Rs 1 lakhs.
    • In severe cases where the consumer has encountered the life-death scenario due to the substandard food article, the fine may go up to Rs 5 lakh for the defaulter.

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Frequently Asked Questions (Faq)

An FSSAI license is based on the premise and can cover all kinds of food business activities carried out at that location.
Petty Food Business Operators (FBO) are individuals who manufacture or sell any food article, or work as petty retailers, hawkers, itinerant vendors, or temporary stall holders. They may also be involved in small-scale or cottage industries related to food, or be tiny food business operators with an annual turnover of up to Rs. 12 Lacs. Additionally, they may have a production capacity of food products that does not exceed 100 kg or litres per day, handle up to 500 litres of milk per day, or have a slaughtering capacity of 2 large animals or 10 small animals or 50 poultry birds per day or less. FBOs can obtain an FSSAI Registration Certificate by applying on the Food Safety Compliance System or the Food Safety Connect app. This certificate has a QR code and displays the FBO's image, along with a 14-digit registration number starting with 2.
No, on the suspension or cancellation of a food business operator's license or registration, they must immediately cease all food business activities. Conducting any food business activity on a suspended or cancelled License/Registration is illegal and may result in penalties under the FSS Act, 2006.
No, an FSSAI License/Registration is not required for utensils or packaging material since they do not fall under the definition of food as per Section 3(n) of the FSS Act, 2006.
If all the observations made in the improvement notice have been complied with, the Food Business Operator can apply for a fresh Registration or license to the concerned authority three months after the date of cancellation under Regulation 2.1.8(3).
No, an NOC is not required by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India for exporting food products from India. However, the exporter must obtain an FSSAI License.
No, there is no need to submit physical documents at Regional/State offices for Central/State License.
If any change alters the information contained in the license certificate (Form C), the Food Business Operator must apply for a modification of the license with a fee of Rs. 1000, plus the differential fee, equal to the difference in annual license fee in case of an upgrade. No fee is required for the modification of non-Form C details such as a change in Form IX Nominee or any supporting documents.

To surrender your FSSAI License/Registration after closing down your food business, you must apply online through your Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCoS) account, which you used to file the application. Once the concerned authority approves your request, your license/registration will be considered surrendered.

If the owner of a food business with an FSSAI License/Registration passes away, the license can be transferred to a legal heir. You can apply for the transfer online and submit the Death Certificate and Proof of Legal Heir as required.
If you disagree with the decision of a Licensing/Registering Authority regarding your food business, you can appeal to the Commissioner of Food Safety under Section 32(4) and 32(5) of the FSS Act, 2006. The appeal must be made within fifteen days of receiving notice of the decision, and the Commissioner's decision will be final. In case of an appeal against an improvement notice, the period shall be 15 days or the period specified in the improvement notice, whichever expires earlier.
If your FSSAI License/Registration has been suspended, you can have it revoked by taking remedial action as directed in the improvement notice and informing the Licensing Authority. If the Licensing Authority is satisfied with the steps taken, they may revoke the suspension with or without conducting an inspection. Alternatively, you can appeal the Improvement Notice under Section 32(4) of the FSS Act, 2006.
Food Business Operator can renew the FSSAI License/Registration even after the expiry date with the following penalties: a. Three times the existing annual license/registration fee in the period – 1st day to 90th day from the original expiry date. b. Additional two times of the existing annual license/registration fee (i.e. total 5 times) in the period – 91st day to 180th day from the original expiry date.
The Licensing Officer may reject an FSSAI License/Registration application if the required information is not provided within 30 days or if they believe the application is not tenable. Before refusing the application, the applicant must be given a chance to be heard, and the reasons for refusal must be recorded in writing.
To check the validity and authenticity of an FSSAI License/Registration, you can use the 'Food Safety Connect' App or the FBO Search facility available on the FSSAI's Food Safety and Compliance System (FoSCoS). These tools allow consumers and other stakeholders to access and verify information about FSSAI Licensed/Registered Food Business Operators.
FBOs licensed by FSSAI and engaged in food manufacturing, repackaging, relabeling, or importing are required to submit Annual Returns in Form D1 by May 31st of the preceding fiscal year, exclusively through the FoSCoS portal.
A late fee of Rs. 100 per day will be levied for non-submission of the annual return beyond May 31st of each year until the date of submission.
Retailing units, including chemist shops and general/grocery retailers, that sell food products through their outlets must obtain an FSSAI license.
FBOs may file an online request for reinstating an auto-rejected application for license or registration through the online Food Safety Compliance Portal (FoSCoS) at https://foscos.fssai.gov.in.
The FSS (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, and FSS (Fortification of Foods) Regulations, 2018 provide standards for only Edible Common Salt, Iodized Salt, and Double Fortified Salt. The Edible Common Salt standard requires a minimum of 96% Sodium Chloride (NaCl) on a dry basis, which is unlikely to be met by other salts such as pink salt, black salt, Himalayan Rock salt, etc. Therefore, other salts such as Black salt, Pink Salt, Himalayan Rock Salt, etc. must be licensed as ‘Proprietary food’ with the nearest category as Edible common salt (FC 12.1.1) and do not need to be iodized.


The Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2020, Sub-regulation 5(6)(a) specify that the name and full address of the brand owner must be declared on the label, regardless of whether he is the manufacturer, marketer, packer, or bottler. The name and address must be preceded by the qualifying words "Manufactured by (Mfg by, Mfd by)," "Marketed by (Mkt by)," "Manufactured & Marketed by," or "Packed & Marketed by," as appropriate. There is no term such as 'Co-Marketed by' in the regulations under the FSS Act.

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