FSSAI is an abbreviation used for Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. FSSAI license is mandatory before starting any food business. All the manufacturers, traders, restaurants who are involved in food business must obtain a 14-digit registration or a license number which must be printed on food packages.
This step is taken by government to ensure that food products undergo certain quality checks, thereby reducing the instances of adulteration, substandard products and improve accountability of manufacturers. FSSAI Registration is done through financeprofessional.
Copy of Aadhaar Card/ Voter identity card of Proprietor/ Partners/ Director
Form IX: Nomination of Persons by a Company along with the Board Resolution
Additional document for Manufacturer
Blueprint/layout plan of the processing unit
List of Equipment and Machinery
List of food category desired to be manufactured
Pesticide residues report of water
Upload Production unit photograph
Guidelines on FSSAI License Number
The 14-digit number provides information about the manufacturer’s license or registration details and the manufacturing state.
The Brand owner shall display the FSSAI logo and his license number on the label of food package.
In case of imported food products, the importer shall display FSSAI logo and license number along with the name and address of importer on a sticker to be affixed before customs clearance.
Types of FSSAI License
Businesses engaged in food activities are required to apply for different type of food license based on turnover, scale of business and the type of activity. Such businesses must apply for either of the licenses (central or state) or simple registration. The criteria specified in rules are as follows:
FSSAI Basic registration
– This is required for small business or startups which have annual turnover below Rs.12 lakhs. Basic registration can be upgraded to state license as your sales graph increases.
FSSAI State license
– This license is applicable to mid-sized companies which have annual turnover between Rs.12-20 crores.
FSSAI Central license
– This license is applicable typically on large business with annual turnover above Rs.20 crores. It is also required in cases where you need to supply at the government offices or import / export food products.
Steps for getting the FSSAI license
One can file the FSSAI application directly with the government. The process is long and requires 30-60 days to get completed:
Fill FSSAI form A on FSSAI website and make the payment for FSSAI application at the FBO nearby your locality.
Once the payment confirmation is reflected in your FSSAI account, you need to file Form B with the government. There are multiple declarations and resolutions that need to be filed with your application. E.g., board resolution, owner self-declaration. These declarations should ideally be prepared by a company secretary.
You will then need to follow-up with the government department for an update on your application. The government may send back your application for edits – if you fail to respond with 15 days of the application, then your application will be rejected.
The government department will take 45-60 working days to completely review your application and approve the same. Else, you can hire financeprofessional for getting the FSSAI license for you. We get license issued in 98% of our cases and save our customers from all the government hassles.
FSSAI license can be renewed 30 days before the expiry of original license. You need to provide your current license number to financeprofessional team. We will re-file the Form A and form B for renewal of the application / license. It typically takes 30-40 for renewal of the license. The government fee is same for renewal as for new license issue.
Yes, all catering establishments, even those under central Government such as Railways, Airport, Seaport, and Defense etc. will have to get a license from FSSAI. In most cases, such establishments need to get FSSAI central license
Even if the warehouses are located in the same city but different location then a separate license for each location is required. However, if multiple warehouses are on the same campus, a single license is applicable with campus address.