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The people dealing in food business are known as Food Business Operators and include manufacturers, storage units, transporters, retailers, marketers, distributors, etc. All of them including small food business owners including people with tea shops need to have some form of permission from the authority to carry on their business.
Bigger businesses must have state license or central license to carry on business. Without license or registration, any food business can be shut down by the FSSAI at any time with huge penalties.
The FSSAI gives permission to FBOs to carry out food business which could have potential impact on the health of hundreds of people. The FSSAI has several branch offices all across India to check if the food standards are met by FBOs through permission grant numbers.
This permission from the FSSAI is known as the license or permission to operate in the food industry and is therefore known as the food license or the FSSAI license. An FSSAI license is a 14-digit number which is granted to any food business operator who registers his or her food business.
To understand the process of obtaining a License or to register your food business, and to check if you are eligible to apply for a state or central license, you can visit our post on the FSSAI License and Registration Process.
As previously mentioned, there are different kinds of permission available from the FSSAI depending on the type of Food Business Operation and its scale of operation which is also its turnover per annum.
Based on the above-mentioned aspects, the registration and licensing is classified into the following types:
The Fee for registration with FSSAI is the lowest among the different categories of licensing and registration.
The fee is a small amount, keeping in mind even small tea shop owners, hawkers or snacks vendors so they can apply for registration with the FSSAI.
The Fee for registration is as follows:
The fees for the new registration certificate is Rs. 100/- per year
The fees for the renewal of registration certificate is also Rs. 100/- per year
If you wish to apply for a duplicate copy of the registration certificate, 10% of the original fee for registration certificate will be charged
A manufacturer or a miller with above 1Metric Ton (MT) per day Production or 10,001 to 50,000 Litres Per Day (LPD) of milk Or 501 to 2500 MT of milk solids per annum, has to pay Rs. 5000 for a license
The manufacturer and miller with the production of Below 1 MT of Production and 501 to 10,000 LPD of milk Or 2.5 MT to 500 MT of milk solids per annum have to Rs. 3000 as a fee for FSSAI License.
The Hotels up to 4 Star has to Rs. 5000 as a fee for FSSAI License.
Food vendors & Other food Business Operator including restaurants/boarding houses, clubs, etc. serving food, Canteens in Schools, Colleges, Office and Institutions, Caterers, Banquet halls with food catering arrangements, have to pay Rs 2000 as a fee for FSSAI License
The fee for Renewal of this license will depend upon the number of years selected
The Fee for a Duplicate license will 10% of the Applicable License Fee
In order to apply for a new license, the fee of Rs. 7500 has been fixed annually
To renew the license, FSSAI has also been fixed at Rs. 7500 per year
To improve the license, the fee will also be Rs .7500
A duplicate license will be given at the rate of 10% of the application fee i.e. 10% of the 7500 Rupees
FBOs are to comply with several rules and regulations stated by the FSSAI. Some of the important ones are listed below:
FBOs must display the license granted on the premises where the business is being carried out.
If any authorised person from the FSSAI comes to inspect the premises, access has to be provided to that person.
The periodic annual return is to be submitted to the FSSAI.
FBOs also have to keep in mind and observe strictly the sanitation and hygiene standards prescribed by the FSSAI.
FBOs involved in the production process is required to have a technical person to supervise the process.
If at any time, there are changes in the Food Business, the FBO must notify the FSSAI.
FBOs can only produce the items mentioned in their license.
FBOs are required to have separate daily records for raw materials used, produced items and sales made.
FBOs must ensure the delivery of safe food by getting substances tested by FSSAI approved laboratories once every six months.
Machines etc. must be cleaned regularly and using proper systems.
FBOs must ensure that the labeling of foods should conform to the regulations and should not mislead the consumers.
Finally, FBOs should adhere to the strict standards of safety of food and its nutrition and ensure that the standards of hygiene are met in order to avoid heavy penalties.
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