Meaning of Partnership:

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

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Validity

Once a FSSAI License is issued, it is valid for one to five years. Before end of its validity, the license can be renewed for a further term based on the requirements of the business.

FSSAI Registration

FSSAI Registration issued by FSSAI is required for carrying on activities related to any stage of manufacturing, processing, packaging, storage, transportation, distribution of food.

License Categories

FSSAI License can be divided into two categories State level License and Central License. Hotel, Restaurant and medium size food manufacturers are covered under State license. Large size food manufacturers come under Central licensing.

FAQ

How do I renew my FSSAI registration?

FSSAI license can be renewed 30 days before the expiry of original license. You need to provide your current license number to LegalRaasta 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

I have manufacturing units in multiple states. Will I be required to get a common license for the company or an individual license for each unit?

You will need a Central License for the registered office of your company and individual state licenses for each manufacturing unit in particular states.

I import food items for sale in India. Do I need a license from FSSAI?

Yes, you will be required to obtain a central license from the address contained in Import Export Code. For import export FSSAI central license is mandatory.

Is it mandatory for 100% export units to get FSSAI License?

Yes, FSSAI license is mandatory for both export and import of food products. You will need to apply for FSSAI Central License for your export unit.

We manufacture only food additives. Do I need a license from FSSAI too?

Yes, FSSAI license is required for any type of food activities including manufacturing, trading, distribution and transportation. Therefore, you shall need a license from FSSAI too.

Will license be required for a catering establishment that comes under the Central Government?

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

What will be the license formality if warehouses are in more than one place but within the same locality (same municipality and same city)?

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.