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Petty Food Businesses are one of the top flourishing industries because this is an industry whose demand will never go down. The food businesses running need to sell food which is safe by following the guidelines given by the government. The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India is the governing body who ensures the safety of food delivered by these businesses by issuing a license. We are going to know about this in detail in this blog.
Petty food businesses are the type of business or a person who manufacturers or sells their products themselves. Small food business operators who have a turnover of less than Rs.12 lakhs per annum come under this category of food business. This type of food business is very popular and a major source of a variety of foods in India. There are several types of petty food businesses. These are namely,
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 Registration.
All food businesses in order to function need a FSSAI Registration. Without license any food business is not allowed to run. The Food Safety and Standard Authority issue a license under FSS Act which is mandatory for all businesses to print that number on the packaging. Also, it is compulsory for the restaurants and hotels (all FBOs) to display their license during the working hours.
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FSSAI Registration is mandatory for all food business operators. Above we saw that there are two types of FSSAI Registration, and there are two types of FSSAI License. The type of FSSAI Registration depends on the nature and the budget of the food business.
The major difference between FSSAI Registration and license is
FSSAI License: There are two types of FSSAI License, namely;
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As Petty Food Businesses are relatively smaller than food factories or manufacturing units they are required to submit lesser documents in order to receive the license. The documents that need to be submitted by these types of FBOs are:
Here given are the steps to obtain the FSSAI License by the food business owners:
There are certain FBOs who do not need to obtain FSSAI Registration. Furthermore, Petty retailers are exempted from obtaining the FSSAI registration/license. Apart from this following FBOs are exempted:
The FSS Act has set guidelines and every running food business needs to follow those rules. Hence, food business operator contravenes to these laws or else they, are bound to punishment. There can be cases where an FBO can be eligible for penalty.
Penalty for running a food business without license: Every food business operator has to have a license to carry out their business. The penalty on failing to so be imprisonment up to six months and fine up to five lakhs.
Fine for selling food not under the prescribed quality/substance/ nature etc.: Food businesses needs who sell foods not meeting the prescribed quality/substance/ nature under the FSS Act are liable to a fine not more than Rs. Five lakhs and the fine for the exempted category is up to Rs. Twenty five thousand.
Punishment for sub-standard food: The penalty for the selling of substandard article of food can extend to Rs. five lakhs.
Penance for misbranded food: Any food operator who sells food by misbranding it in any means is liable for fine up to three lakh rupees.
Fine for selling food containing extraneous matter: A person, who sells, stores, distributes or imports food items containing extraneous matter have to pay a fine up to one lakh rupees.
Punishment for manufacturing or processing food in unhygienic conditions: An FBO who manufactures or processes food in unhygienic / unsanitary conditions is liable for a fine up to one lakh rupees.
The Indian Government has made rules under the FSS Act, which keeps track and ensures all the food businesses in India are registered irrespective of their size. It issues licenses to these businesses to ensure that the food product they are manufacturing or selling is fit for human consumption. Also, it ensures that the food is manufactured in a clean environment and the process of distribution is clean.
FSSAI Registration is mandatory for all types of FBOs which are in running condition, including the petty food businesses. They even need to display their license during their working hours proactively. This showcases that the food they are providing to the customer is clean and safe.
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