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Online Registration Process. Apply Now.FSSAI Online Registration is the basic and the must need for all the Food Business operators, whether they may be wholesalers, manufacturers, suppliers, traders, Re-packers, etc. There are different types of FSSAI Registration or FSSAI License & the type depends upon the annual turnover or the size of your Food Business.

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Food License

The full form of FSSAI is the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. It is a regulatory body established and governed by the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. The Act empowers this legal authority to ensure the safety of food products delivered to the consumers.

Sometimes FSSAI is also called the Food Authority of India. It is a legal entity with headquarters in Delhi. The branch offices are located throughout India for ease of businesses in getting a Food License.

Its functions are specified by the Government of India and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Both these authorities also act as consultants for the FSSAI Food License. FSSAI is in charge of setting standards for food and its processes in India.

The government’s objective to incorporate FSSAI is to ensure that the food products that are being delivered to the consumers are wholesome and fit for human consumption. FSSAI is accountable for protecting and promoting public health. And the authorized body to penalize non-compliant businesses.

Role of Food License

FSSAI has been incorporated to ensure the safety of food. The vision was to ensure that the food being consumed by the public is adulteration-free, consumable and healthy. That the food that the final consumer is buying is value for money and, in no way, harmful to the health.

To achieve this purpose, certain standards have been laid down by FSSAI. They cover all stages such as manufacture, storage, distribution, packaging, sale, export, and import of food items. These standards have been implemented after conducting meticulous research, trials, and testing. The procedures are backed by science and technology.

  • Framing of Regulations to lay down the Standards and guidelines in connection with the articles of food and defining an appropriate system of enforcing various standards thus notified.
  • Laying down mechanisms and guidelines for accreditation of certification organizations engaged in certification of food safety management system (FSMS) for food businesses.
  • Laying down system and guidelines for accreditation of laboratories and notification of these accredited laboratories.
  • To provide scientific advice and technical support to Central Government and State Governments in the matters of drafting the policy and rules in domains that have a direct or indirect implication on food safety and nutrition.
  • Collect and collate data about food consumption, incidence, and prevalence of biological risk, contaminants in food, and residues of various contaminants in food items. Identifying the emerging risks and introduction of a rapid alert system.
  • Creating a network of information across the country so that the public, users, Panchayats, etc. receive rapid, reliable and objective information about food safety and other issues concerning it.
  • Provide training programs for persons who are engaged or intend to get engaged in food businesses.
  • Contribute to the development of worldwide technical standards for food, sanitary and phytosanitary standards.
  • Promote general awareness about food safety and food standards.

14- Digit FSSAI License Number

FSSAI mark on food Items

FSSAI license number on Swiggy App

Types of Food Registration

As per the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, any business entity, with operations associated with food. Working at any level or scale. Has to get itself registered and get an Food License. The Food Business Operator could be involved in one stage only or all steps of manufacturing, wholesaling, supplying, packing or re-packing, trading, labelling or re-labelling, importing or exporting, or even transporting has to go through the FSSAI registration process. Else it is liable to get penalized for non-compliance. Additionally, FSSAI is authorized to fine the business, shut the business down, prohibit it from operating further, or up to imprisonment of the involved persons or directors.

Whether your business needs an FSSAI License or an FSSAI Registration only, depends on a few factors. Annual turnover, installed capacity, area of operations, whether limited to one state, have branches, etc., are the key determinants.

The types of FSSAI are:

  • Basic FSSAI Registration,
  • State Food License,
  • Central Food License.

Eligibility of Food Registration

The eligibility criteria for which type of registration has been listed below. To make it convenient for the FBOs to choose and apply for the correct certificate.

Basic FSSAI Registration

FBOs that have an annual turnover anywhere between Rs. 0 to Rs. 12 lakh are required to apply for a Basic Food Registration.

These include all small scale operators, which are working from and within a single area, region, city or town have to be registered under FSSAI as Basic FBO. This kind of Basic certificate has to be applied to the State where the business is based. The provisions for eligibility to Basic Certificate are as follows:

  • FBO (wholesaler, distributor, supplier, retailer, food vending establishments, hawkers, club, canteen, Dhaba, hotel, restaurants, storage) with an annual turnover of less than Rs. 12 lakh,
  • Retailers selling food items, with limited operations,
  • Petty producers manufacturing by itself,
  • A makeshift stall selling food products,
  • Businesses involved in selling food at a social or religious gathering, other than a caterer,
  • Cottage industries associated with food products,
  • Production and/or processing units of vegetable oil by the process of solvent extraction and/or refineries including oil expeller system. With a capacity to produce not more than 100 kg/litre per day (except milk or meat),
  • Dairy units, involved in procurement/collection/handling/chilling of milk, having a capacity of not more than 500 litres per day, or up to 2.5 Metric Ton of milk solids annually,
  • A slaughtering capacity of not more than 2 large animals or 10 small animals or 50 poultry birds per day.

State Food License

The basic criteria for applying for a State Food License is that the annual turnover of your business is falling somewhere between Rs. 12 lakh up to a maximum of Rs. 20 crores. You need to apply for FSSAI State License to the state government where your business is based in.

The rules governing this license are:

  • FBO (supplier, wholesaler, distributor, retailer, food vending establishments or Dhaba, club, canteen, restaurants) with an annual turnover of between Rs. 12 lakh to up to Rs. 20 crores,
  • Proprietary Foods,
  • Production and/or processing units of vegetable oil by the method of solvent extraction and/or refineries including oil expeller unit. With a turnover between Rs. 12 lacs to Rs. 20 crores annually,
  • Hotels of 4-star ratings or less,
  • Storages having a capacity of less than 50,000 metric tonnes annually,
  • Dairy Units (including milk chilling units), with a daily capacity to handle or process, between 500 to 50000 litres,
  • A daily slaughtering capacity of more than 2 and up to 50 large animals. Or the capacity of handling more than 10 and up to 150 small animals. Or daily capacity of more than 50 to up to 1000 poultry birds,
  • All food processing units other than the ones mentioned above, including re-packers, with a daily capacity of not less than 100 kg/litre to up to 2 metric tonnes.

Central Food License

The primary condition to become eligible for a Central FSSAI Registration is that the annual turnover is over Rs. 20 crores.

The Central Government is to be applied for this license.

Besides this essential rule, there are some other elements to be considered. Such as 100% export oriented units, importers, operators associated with the Central Government and related agencies.

The FBOs having more than one branch of restaurants or food joints need to apply for a Central Food License. FBOs operating in 2 or more states have to apply for one Central License for its Registered Head Office and separate license/registration for each branch as per the eligibility standards applicable to them.

Following Food Businesses need to apply for FSSAI central license by the regulatory authority:

  • FBO ( restaurants, retailer, distributor, supplier) with an annual turnover of more than Rs. 20 crore,
  • Manufacturing and/or Processing units of vegetable oil by the method of solvent extraction and refineries including oil expeller unit, with a capacity of over 2 metric tonnes per day,
  • Dhaba, club, canteen, and other food vending establishments with branches spread in more than one state and an annual turnover of more than Rs. 12 lakh,
  • Wholesalers that have an annual turnover of not less than Rs. 30 crores,
  • Hotels that have been rated 5-star or more,
  • 100 % export oriented units involved in food production or processing,
  • All Importers (including the import of food ingredients or additives),
  • Caterers working under Central Government or related agencies such as Railways, Airlines and airport, Seaport, Defence, etc.
  • Storages with a capacity of more than 50,000 metric tonnes,
  • Dairy Units (including chilling units), with a capacity to handle or process, over 50,000 litres per day,
  • A slaughtering capacity of over 50 large animals or more than 150 small animals or more than 1000 poultry birds per day,
  • All food processing units other than mentioned above including re-packers, (excluding the grains, pulses & cereals milling units) with a capacity of over 2 metric tonnes per day,
  • All FBOs involved in producing an item of food, additive or its ingredient, using some new process or technology, and/or a combination thereof, whose safety has not been established yet by the FSSAI. Or they may not have a history of safe usage. It covers the food articles being introduced in the country, for the first time.

Documents required for applying for Food License Registration

Below is a list of documents to be submitted to the FSSAI offices to get an FSSAI License or Registration:

Common Documents required for all types of FSSAI Registrations:

The documents mentioned below are compulsory to be submitted by all Food Business Operators (FBOs). Whether they are applying for Basic Registration, State License or Central License, these proofs are necessary for all:

  • Form A or Form B (Form – A for Basic FSSAI Registration & Form – B for State or Central FSSAI Registration) – complete and signed,
  • 2 Passport Sized Latest Photographs,
  • PAN Card of the Business Owner/Proprietor/Partner/Director,
  • Proof of Possession of the Premises (Property Papers-if property is owned, Utility bills (Electricity or water) or Rent Agreement – if property is rented),
  • Partnership Deed,
  • Certificate of Incorporation or Articles of Association (AoA) for a company,
  • A complete list of food items the business will be involved in,
  • Caterers working under Central Government or related agencies such as Railways, Airlines and airport, Seaport, Defence, etc.
  • A proper Food Safety Management System (FSMS) plan (applicable for State or Central Food License only).

Documents for State Food License:

You need below documents along with your application, other than the above-listed ones:

  • A complete and signed Form – B,
  • Details of the Owner/Proprietor, Partners or Directors. With their Photo ID, Photographs and Address Proofs,
  • The layout of the proposed location, and the planned placement of the equipment,
  • Possession Proof of that building/premises,
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the owners. Along with their details, such as name & address,
  • Copy of License from the Manufacturers of the Equipment,
  • List and Details of the Equipment already installed or proposed to be installed at the location,
  • Each Food Product and its category that is planned to be produced,
  • Planned Food Safety Management System (FSMS).

Documents for Central Food License:

In addition to the above listed Common Documents, you need below:

  • A completed and signed Form – B,
  • Details of the Owner/Proprietor, Partners or Directors. With their Photo ID, Photographs and Address Proofs,
  • Proof of Annual Turnover,
  • The layout of the proposed location, along with the planned installation and placement of the equipment,
  • Possession Proof for the building/premises,
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the owners, along with their other details, such as name & address,
  • Copy of License from the Manufacturers of the Machinery & Equipment,
  • List and Details of Equipment already installed or proposed to be installed at the premises,
  • Each Food Product and/or category that is planned to be produced,
  • Planned Food Safety Management System (FSMS),
  • Water Report Analysis by an accredited Laboratory,
  • Source of procurement for Milk, Meat & its processing unit, as applicable,
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Local Authority, as applicable,
  • If involved in Mineral or Carbonated water, then Pesticide Residual Report by a Government Accredited Laboratory,
  • Import-Export Code (IEC), if applicable,
  • Certificate from the Ministry of Tourism, if applicable,
  • Proof of Turnover for Vehicles, as may apply to the line of business,
  • (No Objection Certificate) NOC from FSSAI.

Food License Certificate Number

All the Food Business Entities, on getting registered with the FSSAI, are given an exclusive 14-Digit registration number. It is required by law that they get this printed on every package of the food item. Along with the FSSAI Logo. Restaurants, Hotels, and Eateries must keep this FSSAI Certificate on display at a prominent place. During all business hours. It shows to the customers that this business, eatery, etc. have gone through numerous safety checks, required as per the Act. And assures them of the safety of food items they are buying. That it is free from contamination and other risks.

Besides, all the e-commerce operators involved in the business of aggregation or delivery of food must display the FSSAI Food License number of the restaurant or eatery they are delivering for, on their App or website. Chief examples among them are Swiggy, UberEats, and Zomato. Failing to advise your FSSAI Registration number to these Apps will lead to your restaurant business being de-listed from the App.

Additionally, these apps have been also directed by the FSSAI, to provide the restaurant with a rating based on the level of hygiene maintained by them.

Display of Food Licence Number

As per the FSSAI Act Regulation, the display of FSSAI License/Registration Number at food premises is mandatory. Ordinarily, the FSSAI license number was kept hidden from the consumers. Hence, to improve the overall consumer perceptibility and to encourage food safety, FSSAI has introduced Food Safety Display Boards (FSDBs) for various food businesses. Henceforth, in addition to the existing compulsory requirement of displaying FSSAI License/ Registration Number, it has also become mandatory for the FBOs to display these Food Safety Display Boards (FSDB) at FBO premises.

The guidelines concerning it are:

  • Only display color-coded FSDB specific to the kind of food business.
  • Size not less than A4 size for FSSAI Registered food business and A3 for FSSAI Licensed Food Business.
  • A minimum of one FSDB has to be displayed. More than one can be displayed when the outlet is big in size and FSDB displayed is not visible to all the consumers and food handlers from one specific place.
  • Text, icons, and content of FSDB must be very clear, not get blurred or faded over time.
  • There is a set format for displaying.

Renewal of Food License or Registration

An FSSAI Registration or License is valid for anywhere from 1 year to 5 years, as per the application filed by the FBO. Thereafter, you need to get your certificate renewed. This FSSAI renewal application must be filed at least 30 days before its expiry.

Below is the process involved:

Documents

  • Form number – A or B, as applicable
  • Form – C
  • Declaration by the Owner/Proprietor, Partners or Directors, that they will comply with the Rules, Regulations and other Provisions as laid down by the FSSAI, as updated from time to time,
  • Photo ID proof of the Owner/Proprietor, Partners or Directors.

Verification

FSSAI officials will examine the details provided in the application form. They might also visit and carry a physical inspection of the premises and/or examine the machinery, equipment, or premises. They’ll verify the performance and efficacy of the Food Safety Management System (FSMS). And whether it is still relevant. They will probe whether the documents and details provided in the Application Form are authentic or not.

Renewal of your Food License

If the FSSAI officials are satisfied with their inquiries and investigations, that the provisions of the FSSAI are being met. Your FSSAI certificate will be renewed.

The duration of the validity of the renewal will, again, be between 1 to 5-years, as filled in the application form by the FBO.

Things You Must Know

  • FSSAI License or Restaurant License is a statutory obligation that is mandatory for all FBOs.
  • The Name mentioned in the Application Form (A or B) will be the name on the Food License Certificate. So make sure it is clearly and accurately spelled.
  • You will receive all further communication on the mobile number and e-mail ID supplied in the Application Form. Make sure these are working.
  • After applying, a unique reference ID will be generated. This ID will be used during all further communications and processes for obtaining the FSSAI certificate.
  • If the operations of the FBO, e.g. a restaurant or hotel, expand to more than one state, a Central FSSAI license has to be procured for the main Branch/Head Office. And a State License or Basic Registration for each branch, as per their eligibility.
  • The Central License Certificate will be issued to the importers only on the address mentioned on their Import Export Code (IEC).
  • A single unit needs a single certificate only. Whether it is handling/producing different varieties or various processes. Just make sure that the Form (A or B) includes all the Food Items and the Processes.
  • Fee payment, as per the application.

Non-Compliance

All Food Business Operators (FBOs) have to be compliant to the rules, regulations and other provisions, as laid down and updated from time to time, by the FSSAI. These are statutory necessities. FSSAI conducts checks, investigations, and tests of the product or the process, at random. During the inspection, a Food Safety Official or an agency would inspect the premises, safety, quality of the food product or process, as well as maintenance of hygiene. He is authorized by the FSSAI to examine the working conditions along with the techniques of food handling by the operators, associates, and staff.

Consequently, he determines a level of compliance for the business, based upon the regulations set by the Food Authority, using a checklist. The Official marks a level for the FBO, going by the checklist, as:

  • Compliance (C),
  • Partial compliance (PC),
  • Non-compliance (NC), or
  • Not applicable/Not observed (NA).

Additionally, the Food Official or the inspecting agency might issue an Improvement Notice, explaining the operations, steps or stages that need to be refined. And it mentions a time for these alterations to be completed by. If the FBO fails to amend these, within the stipulated time, a Show Cause Notice is sent.

This Show Cause Notice provides a date of hearing by which the FBO has to prove why it could not undertake the amendments or alterations. The proof must be supported by documentary evidence. If the evidence is rejected, or the FBO fails to respond to the Improvement Notice, by the set date of hearing, its FSSAI certificate will get canceled.

If the aggrieved FBO feels that the improvement notice is biased or untrue, it can choose to file an Appeal with the State Commissioner for Food Safety.

The decision by the State Commissioner is also not final. It can be challenged by appealing to the Food Safety Appellate Tribunal or the high court.

Penalties

If an FBO is found Non-Compliant to the rules and regulations of the FSSAI, it will get penalized. The penalty structure is uniform for everyone and is followed strictly. Below is a brief list of FSSAI penalties for a non-compliant FBO:

  • If the business is operating an establishment without applying for the FSSAI certificate, the act is punishable under the Act. It may face imprisonment and/or a fine of up to Rs. 5 lakh for the same.
  • If the FBO is selling food articles of sub-standard quality, it may be charged for an amount up to Rs. 5 lakhs. In such a situation, the person responsible for selling the sub-standard food items, either himself or by a person working on his behalf, would be held accountable.
  • The FBO selling misbranded goods, either himself or by a person acting on his behalf, may be fined up to Rs. 3 lakh.
  • For all the FBOs involved in selling, packing, storage, distributions, or importing of Food Articles containing superfluous or extraneous matter, a penalty may get levied of Rs. 1 lakh.

The penalties listed above may differ, according to the circumstances.

In extreme cases, where there is a mortality loss due to consumption of that particular Food Article, the punishment on the concerned FBO may extend to Rs. 5 lakh or even imprisonment, depending upon the severity and aggregate of the harm caused.

Why You Should Get Food License Registration

  • The buyers, nowadays, are more alert and informed about the quality of the food which they utilize. Due to multiple options of good and healthy food availability, the consumers want to know as to the contents of what they are taking in. Whether it is safe, adulteration-free and of really good quality? Besides, recent controversies of some well-known brands producing and delivering inferior food or using harmful ingredients, the consumers are taking seriously the standards of food safety. In such cases, the FBOs with a Food License has an added benefit of a solid and loyal customer base.
  • If you think that getting an FSSAI registration would be a waste of time, efforts, and money. That this is only another certificate. And you have been avoiding to get the license. You must consider it again. You would realize that the ends justify the efforts. The expense is tiny as compared to the penalties that can get imposed upon for not going by the law.
  • On getting the certificate, you can use the FSSAI logo to enhance sales and goodwill. You can promote and publicize the superior quality of your product over others. This gives you an advantage over those operating without an FSSAI registration. The FSSAI logo is a mark of validity and an assurance to the consumers. Careful and aware customers prefer to buy only those products that possess the FSSAI logo.
  • An FSSAI Registration or License will help in the process of applying for and getting bank loans that boost your business growth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which businesses need an FSSAI license?
All businesses involved in, directly or indirectly, activities related to food must get an FSSAI License or registration. The Food Business Operators that are associated with Manufacturing & Production, Distribution, Packaging, Re-packaging, Labelling, Re-labelling, Importing, Exporting or other such activities must apply for a license before starting operations. Even a street-hawker needs to get registered with FSSAI.
What is the difference between the FSSAI Registration, FSSAI State License and FSSAI Central License?
Whether a business should get FSSAI Basic Registration, FSSAI State License or FSSAI Central License depends upon its annual production/turnover and other such factors. You can go through the categorization given above to identify the correct License for your business.
What is the validity period of the FSSAI registration?
FSSAI Registration, as well as License, is issued and valid for 1 to a maximum of 5 years depending on the application filed.
Has FSSAI set any microbiological guidelines for food in India?
Not yet. So far, there have been no microbiological guidelines set for food in India. But microbiological standards have been provided by the FSSAI.
What is Restaurant License?
The Food License being issued to an eatery, food joint or a restaurant is sometimes called a Restaurant License. Therefore the process to get a restaurant license is the same as all other Food Licenses. All such restaurants must display their FSSAI registration at a prominent place, during all business hours. To make sure it is visible to all the customers, employees and other stakeholders.
Who gets an Improvement Notice for Food License?
Improvement Notice means that a certain area or step needs to be improved upon. And the guidelines to be followed. A specific time frame is also notified. The FBO needs to improve its working within that duration.

If the directions are not followed, and the concerned area or steps not revised, within the given timeline, the FSSAI Registration may get suspended.

What is the meaning of Levels of Compliance under FSSAI?
A thorough check of compliance is done before a Food License Certificate is issued or renewed. The FSSAI Office located in the area is the organizing authority to conduct these inspections. After a meticulous check of the premises and food handling processes, etc., the Designated Official (DO) scores the compliance levels of the FBO as:

(a) Compliance(C),
(b) Non-Compliance(NC),
(c) Partial Compliance,
(d) Not Applicable/Not Observed (NA).

What happens if an FBO is found to be Non-Compliant or Not Observed?
In case, an FBO is found to be Partially Compliant or Non-Compliant with the FSSAI regulations, during an inspection, the Inspecting Officer or the accredited agency may issue an Improvement Notice or suspend its Food Safety Certificate, depending upon the degree of Non-Compliance.
What are nutraceuticals, functional food products, food supplements, and/or energy drinks? Do these come under the purview of FSSAI too?
If your business is related to nutraceuticals, food supplements, and functional foods, you must comply with section 22 of the FSSAI Act. 2006.
What is a food recall?
A food article that has already been marketed or sold, from distribution, sale, and consumption. And it is later found to be unsafe or violates the provisions of the Act. It is to be removed from the market, customers who have already bought it, or distribution. This is the meaning of “Food Recall”. It is recalled to prevent, reduce or eliminate a risk resulting from its consumption.
What is the relief available to me if I want to file against the Improvement or Suspension Notice issued by the Designated Officer (DO)?
If you feel that the Improvement or Suspension Notice issued by the DO is biased or false, you can appeal for grievances against them and register a complaint to the State Commissioner of Food Safety.

If not satisfied by the decision by the State Commissioner, you can further appeal to the Food Safety Appellate Tribunal or the High court.

The decision of this tribunal or court would be deemed as final.

There is a certain time frame attached to filing against the decisions. The Appeal against the notices needs to be filed within 15 days of the issue of the Notice.

What is HACCP?
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point or HACCP is a globally acknowledged standardizing authority for preventing physical, chemical and/or microbiological contamination anywhere in the food supply chain.

To ensure that their product is safe and free from contamination, FBOs should implement a valid Food Safety Management System (FSMS) based on HACCP and suitable prerequisite arrangements. It will assist them in actively checking and controlling hazards throughout the food chain. At all stages in their business operations.

How does HACCP work?
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system is a leading tool used by the food industry, worldwide, to control risks to safety and quality during processes handling food.

All employees, staff, and associates of your FBO must be clear about the objectives and the advantages of implementing the HACCP system. Incorporating an efficient Quality & Environment Management System may require some modifications or changes to be done in the business operations. And all the stakeholders must be prepared for it.

The employees must be well-explained of what is expected of them, to achieve HACCP Certification.

Who can use HACCP?
All businesses involved at any stage in the food supply chain can use HACCP. Whether they are producers, packers, retailers, labelers or even re-packers. FBOs may be (but are not limited to) those associated with:

(a) Fruits & Vegetables,
(b) Meat & Meat Products,
(c) Fish & Fishery Products,
(d) Dairy Products,
(e) Cereals,
(f) Spices & Condiments,
(g) Nuts & Nut Products,
(h) Bakery & Confectionary,
(i) Fast Food Operations,
(j) Hotels & Restaurants, etc.

What is the maximum penalty for violation of rules related to incorrect or misleading labeling of food articles?
There is a provision of penalizing with a fine of up to Rs. 10 lakh.
How do I get my FSSAI license renewed?
You can apply for an FSSAI License Renewal on this website itself. You just need to be ready with Form C, which is mandatory to be uploaded.

If you are not located in Delhi and certain other states, you’ll have to submit a hard-copy of the application duly signed with a copy of the fees paid, after filing of the online application.

What if I didn’t apply for the renewal of FSSAI registration in good time?
If you didn’t apply for renewal 30 days before the expiry of your existing Food Safety Certificate, a penalty of Rs. 100 per day will be levied, during that 30 day period. In case, your FSSAI number has already expired, you will have to go through the complete process of applying for fresh registration.
What is the validity period of my Food Registration?
The FSSAI Registration or License shall continue to be valid till the orders are passed on the renewal application. This will not go 30 days from the date of the expiry of registration or license.
Would my premises be inspected before renewal?
FBOs with a valid certificate of an accredited food safety auditor or from an agency accredited by FSSAI Authority or any other organization notified by the Food Authority for this purpose will not be normally required to be inspected before renewal of the license.
Who needs to file FSSAI annual return?
As per FSSA, 2006 regulations, an FBO has to file annual returns to the FSSAI Department before 31st May of the coming financial year. The returns are to be submitted in Form D-1. It comprises details about business activities such as the quantity produced or Export or Import Value.
What is Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS)?
An efficient Food Safety Management System or FSMS keeps a check on every step involved in the product (food) handling. It is implemented to ensure that food is processed, packed, produced, and stored safely. And that the hygiene is maintained at every single step. It includes good practices, hazards analysis management, system statutory, regulatory requirements and communication. All these objectives can only be achieved by involving all associates and employees.
Who orders and conducts checks & investigations, before or after the certification/renewal?
The Designated Officer (DO) will authorize an agency or Food Safety Official (FSO) to conduct checks and inspections.
Which agencies can be commissioned to inspect FBOs on behalf of FSSAI?
The accredited agencies authorized to conduct the examinations are:

(1) M/s. Export Inspection Council of India, Delhi,
(2) M/s. Indian Register Quality Systems, Mumbai,
(3) M/s. INDOCERT, Kerala,
(4) M/s. TUV SUD South Asia, Mumbai,
(5) M/s. Det Norske Veritas, AS, Mumbai,
(6) M/s. One Cert Asia Agri Certification Pvt. Ltd., Jaipur,
(7) M/s. National Productivity Council, Delhi.

How many times a year are the premises inspected?
The DO is the deciding authority. His decision is usually based on improvement/compliance notice submitted by the Agency/FSO. All inspections are ordered by the DO.
Does seal & bottled water come under FSSAI?
All sales of packaged water come under the FSSAI. Even if you are selling or only packaging the bottled water, you need a Food Safety certificate depending on the turnover and other eligibility factors.
What if my business operations are spread in more than one State?
You must get a Central Food License for the Registered Head Office Branch and a State License or Registration for the branches.
My food business is located in one place only. So I need only one registration, correct?
Only if your business is involved in just a single food category. As per the provisions of FSSAI, a separate registration is required for each product category.
I am preparing to open an import-export unit. Do I require an FSSAI License?
Yes. But you must get your Import Export Code (IEC), first. Then apply for FSSAI Central License before starting importing or exporting operations.
Which type of FSSAI License do I require for a 100% Export Oriented Unit?
You need to apply for the FSSAI Central License before starting to export food products from India.