Food license is mandatory to carry any business activity which deals with production, manufacture, processing, distribution, selling, import, export, stock of any food article or beverage and it includes Dairy Business, Meat processing, Hotels.
Benefits of FSSAI license
FSSAI license certifies that food is tested and the hygiene, sanitary and safety requirements as set by government of India have been followed by the business entity.
Punishment for carrying on business without FSSAI license
The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 strictly prohibits any person or food business operator to engage into manufacturing, selling, distribution or imports of any food product without FSSAI license, punishment with imprisonment for 6 months and also with a fine upto Rs. 5,00,000.
Who does not require FSSAI?
Any small food business operator who manufactures or sells any food item himself or a petty retailer, hawker, itinerant vendor or temporary stall holder or distributes foods including in any religious or social gathering except a caterer are exempted from FSSAI license, but it is mandatory for them to register with Food Authority. Annual turnover of these Food Business Operator is less than Rs. 12 lakhs. Once these Petty food business operator register with Food Authority, Certificate of Registration and a photo identity card.
Categories of FSSAI license: 2 types, Central and State, depending upon the turnover /output or storage capacity of Food business operator.
1. State Fsssai license is mandatory for food Business operator(FBO) if:
Note: Eligibility for state and Central FSSAI license varies from business to business.
Documents Required for FSSAI State and Central License:
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