As per the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) provisions, an importer or manufacturer who wishes to initiate food business on any premises is required to take FSSAI license. The importer or manufacturer needs to obtain a Form C to carry out any food-related business. The process for obtaining FSSAI permission is as follows:
Dairy units, Vegetable oil and processing units, Slaughtering units, Meat processing units, Food or Health Supplements and Nutraceuticals etc., Proprietary food manufacturers, Substances added to food, Manufacturer exporters, 100% export oriented units, Radiation Processing of Food, Non-specified food and food ingredients (after receiving approval from FSSAI)
(Except Controlled Atmosphere and Cold), Storage (Cold / Refrigerated), Storage (Controlled Atmosphere + Cold), Transportation (having a number of specialized vehicles like insulated refrigerated van/ wagon and milk tankers etc.), Wholesaler, Distributor, Retailer, Food vending agencies, Importer, E-commerce, Trader/Merchant-exporter.
Petty Retailer of snacks/tea shops Hawker (Itinerant / Mobile food vendor), Restaurants, Food Vending Establishment, Club/Canteen, Caterer, Hotel, Mid day meal caterer and canteen
FBOs need to file an application depending upon the Kind of business activity, product category and turnover under registration, state license or central license in Form A or Form B as applicable.
The information about product categories, proof of premise, blueprint of premise, water test report, production capacity, formulation details, memorandum of association, article of association, Certificate of incorporation, Import export Code, list of equipment and machinery, person responsible for food safety and operations, FSMS plan, Recall Plan etc., needs to be uploaded.
The declaration needs to be submitted for complying with FSSAI regulations and conditions for license.
FBOs need to revert to FSSAI within 30 days in case any query raised by authority.
In case of no queries or concerns from FSSAI, the license is granted in Form C within 30-45 days of submission/query response.
INR 100 year is the registration fee for taking the FSSAI license to begin any food business on any premises whereas INR 2000/ 3000/ 5000 per year are the fees prescribed for obtaining a State License for the food business activities and INR 7500 per year for obtaining Central License.
Depending upon the fees paid for obtaining an FSSAI license, the license will be approved for one to five years.
The following documents are required to be submitted by the applicant for the registration purpose of the FSSAI license:
The Government Timeline for grant of Form C is 30-45 days.
Novel food or novel food ingredients.
New additives or new processing aids (including enzymes).
Articles/papers of food products or ingredients that contain or are isolated from microorganisms, bacteria, yeast, fungi, or algae.
Other non-specified food.
Naturally occurring toxicants
Validated test method
Other tests method
References, wherever applicable.