The FSSAI License brought into being by The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 that integrates rules and regulations to ensure the food produced in various food production units are fit for human consumption. These production units can be manufacturers, storage units, transporters, retailers, marketers, distributors, petty food retailers etc. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, the administrative authority who supervises food related issues, implemented FSSAI License for food business operators. Small scale food businesses in need to operate their businesses require FSSAI Registration. The following group of FBOs needs FSSAI Registration: FBOs having maximum turnover of Rs. 12 lakhsPetty food vendors and retailersSelf owned/manufactured food businessesTemporary food vendorsReligious or social gatherings who distribute foodSmall scale or cottage industries dealing in the below mentioned chart: Who needs FSSAI License? People or entities who wish to start their businesses in food sector have to obtain FSSAI License in order to carry any food related business. Entities need FSSAI License depending upon the eligibility and the type of business they wish to run. Based on that, there are two types of FSSAI License. Let’s discuss about it using the table given below; FSSAI Regional Offices functioning all over the nation issues the Central License and can be issued and renewed for a period of 1 to 5 years. Central License Eligibility Documents Fee Structure \tDairy units \tVegetable oil processing units \t Slaughtering units \tMeat processing units \tRelabelers & Replacers \t Proprietary foods \t100% export oriented units. \t\tForm-B: Completed and signed by owner \t Blueprint of location \tDirectors’ contact details \tList & detail of machineries \tProprietor’s photo ID and address proof \tWater report from a recognized lab \tProof of possession of premises \tFood Safety Management System certificate \t NOC and copy of license from manufacturer \tFSSAI declaration form \t \t New license: Rs. 7500\t \tRenewed license: Rs. 7500 \t Modification in license: Rs. 7500 \t Duplicate license: Rs. 7500 Each state has a concerned state authority to issue the State license to businesses like manufacturers, storage units, transporters, retailers, marketers, distributors etc. State License Eligibility Documents Fee Structure Dairy units Vegetable oil processing units Slaughtering units Meat processing units Relabelers & Replacers Proprietary foods Restaurants Hotels Form-B: Completed and signed by owner Blueprint of location Directors’ contact details List & detail of machineries Proprietor’s photo ID and address proof List of manufactured food categories Proof of possession of premises Food Safety Management System certificate NOC and copy of license from manufacturer Partnership affidavit of proprietorship Rs.5000 for productions producing more than 1MT Rs.3000 for productions producing less than 1MT Rs. 5000 for hotels ranging up to 4 stars Rs. 2000 for food service providers & food operators. How to get FSSAI License? Here given are the steps to obtain the FSSAI License by the food business owners: First the applicant has to submit Form A to Food & Safety department.The Food & Safety department may accept or reject the application. The department also intimates the applicant in written. This process takes seven days.The Food & Safety department issues a registration certificate if the application is accepted.After the completion of these steps the applicant receives the license. Note: After receiving the license "the food business operator (FBO) need to display the certificate proactively during there working hours. Reason why the license gets delayed According to the discussion held by the FSSAI Authority the main reason why the food business operators face delay in getting FSSAI License are here as under: The food license gets delayed because lots of applications are left unaddressed by the Designated Officer (DO).And, a numerous applications are sent back to the FBOs because they fail to reply to the queries put up by Licensing Authority within 30 days. 10 Tips to avoid delay in FSSAI License Here are the tips to avoid the delay in receiving the FSSAI License. Let’s discuss these one by one: Select the suitable kind of food businessSelect the right kind of Food Product Categorization CodeUpload correct documentsFind your eligibility for license/registration, according to your type of businessBe ready for the inspection of your food businessKnow the mandatory conditions of food business licenseKnow about all payment modes and the treasury headsNominate a technical person for supervision of production processNominate a person for following the conditions of the licenseKeep in handy a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) in the case where ground water is used for food processing When to renew FSSAI License? Food businesses need food license to operate. They can choose the tenure of the license according to their preference which can be from 1 to 5 years, but to avoid penalty food business operators need to renew their license occasionally. They need to renew their license 120 days after the expiry of license. How to renew FSSAI License after expiry? The steps to follow to renew the FSSAI License are here as under Visit FSSAI official government site.Login with username and passwordClick on apply for renewal for license/registration.Select from the list and click proceedA warning massage appears on the screen stating “Are you sure you want to apply for renewal of the license”. Click ok Upload required documentsReview the form and click on submit Conclusion The food we consume should be safe to consume and healthy. The FSSAI License grants permission which ensures the food that is produced in units like manufacturing units, import/export units, restaurants, or petty food vendors is safe. The food safety and standards authority is the administrative authority running under the Government of India who is responsible for food safety and therefore it forms rules and regulations that fortify food safety. 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