What is FSSAI Registration?
The Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006 introduced to improve the hygiene and quality of food has brought about tremendous changes in the food industry. As per the Act, no person shall commence or carry on any food business except under a FSSAI license or FSSAI registration. Therefore, any food manufacturing or processing or packaging or distributing entity is now required to obtain a FSSAI License or Registration.
Who requires FSSAI Registration formatting shall be :
FSSAI Registration is required for all food business operator including petty food business operator. Petty food business operator is any person or entity who:
manufactures or sells any article of food 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; or
such other food businesses including small scale or cottage or such other industries relating to food business or tiny food businesses with an annual turnover not exceeding Rs 12 lakhs and/or whose:
• production capacity of food (other than milk and milk products and meat and meat products) does not exceed 100 kg/ltr per day or
• procurement or handling and collection of milk is up to 500 litres of milk per day or
• slaughtering capacity is 2 large animals or 10 small animals or 50 poultry birds per day or less.
Procedure of registration of petty food business operator:
The following is the procedure of registration of petty food business operator:
1. Every petty Food Business Operator shall register themselves with the Registering Authority by submitting an application for registration in Form A under Schedule 2 of these Regulations along with a fee.
2. The petty food manufacturer shall follow the basic hygiene and safety requirements provided and provide a self-attested declaration of adherence to these requirements with the application in the format provided.
3. The Registering Authority shall consider the application and may either grant registration or reject it with reasons to be recorded in writing or issue notice for inspection, within 7 days of receipt of an application for registration.
4. In the event of an inspection being ordered, the registration shall be granted by the Registering Authority after being satisfied with the safety, hygiene and sanitary conditions of the premises within a period of 30 days.
If registration is not granted, or denied, or inspection not ordered within 7 days as provided or no decision is communicated within 30 days as provided, the petty food manufacturer may start its business, provided that it will be incumbent on the Food Business Operator to comply with any improvement suggested by the Registering Authority even later.
Provided that registration shall not be refused without giving the applicant an opportunity of being heard and for reasons to be recorded in writing.
5. The Registering Authority shall issue a registration certificate and a photo identity card, which shall be displayed at a prominent place at all times within the premises or vehicle or cart or any other place where the person carries on sale/manufacture of food in case of Petty Food Business.
6. The Registering Authority or any officer or agency specifically authorized for this purpose shall carry out food safety inspection of the registered establishments at least once in a year.
Provided that a producer of milk who is a registered member of a dairy Cooperative Society registered under Cooperative Societies Act and supplies or sells the entire milk to the Society shall be exempted from this provision for registration.
Documents required for new application for license to State/Central Licensing Authority:
Blueprint/layout plan of the processing unit showing the dimensions in metres/square metres and operation-wise area allocation.
List of Directors with full address and contact details.
Name and List of Equipments and Machinery along with the number, installed capacity and horse power used.
Photo I.D and address proof issued by Government authority of Proprietor/Partner/Director(s)/Authorised Signatory.
List of food category desired to be manufactured. (In case of manufacturers).
Authority letter with name and address of responsible person nominated by the manufacturer along with alternative responsible person indicating the powers vested with them viz assisting the officers in inspections, collection of samples, packing & dispatch.
Analysis report (Chemical & Bacteriological) of water to be used as ingredient in food from a recognized/ public health laboratory to confirm the portability indicating the name of authorized representative of Lab who collected the sample and date of collecting sample.
Proof of possession of premises. (Sale deed/ Rent agreement/ Electricity bill, etc.)
Partnership Deed/Affidavit/Memorandum & Articles of Association towards the constitution of the firm.
Copy of certificate obtained under Coop Act - 1861/Multi State Coop Act - 2002 in case of Cooperatives.
NOC from manufacturer in case of Re-labellers.
Food Safety Management System plan or certificate if any.
Source of milk or procurement plan for milk including location of milk collection centres etc in case of Milk and Milk Products processing units.
Source of raw material for meat and meat processing plants.
Pesticide residues report of water to be used as ingredient in case of units manufacturing Packaged drinking water, packaged Mineral water and/or carbonated water from a recognised/ public health laboratory indicating the name of authorised representative of Lab who collected the sample and date of collecting sample, including source of raw water and treatment plan.
Recall plan wherever applicable, with details on whom the product is distributed.
NOCs from Municipality or local body and from State Pollution Control Board except in case of notified industrial area.
1. State License:
Food businesses with Annual Turnover between 12 lakh and 20 crore.
All grain, cereal and pulses milling units irrespective of turnover
2. Central License:
Food businesses with Annual Turnover more than 20 crore.
Operating business in two or more states.
Food business covered under Schedule 1 of FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011.
1. Every licensee shall on or before 31st May of each year, submit a return electronically or in physical form as may be prescribed by the concerned Food Safety Commissioner, in ‘Form D-1’ in respect of each class of food products handled by him during the previous financial year.
2. Every licensee engaged in manufacturing of milk and/or milk products shall file half yearly returns for the periods 1st April to 30th September and 1st October to 31st March of every financial year in the Form D-2.
All kinds of business shall be linked to single License obtained for single premise. If you are holding one State License and one Central License, you shall surrender the State License and apply for modification of Central License to add Kind of Business mentioned in your State License.
More detailed list is as follows:
• Food Chains
• Food Sellers and Re-sellers
• Dairy and dairy processing
• Food importers and exporters
• Processors like pickle and dry fruit maker
• Raw material suppliers to food businesses
• Retailers & establishments who have a retail outlet
• Simple transporters who transfer items from one location to another
• Canteens in corporations, schools, colleges, hospitals or government institutions
• Packaged food manufacturers who produce items such as biscuits and ready to eat product