Food License is an authorization provided by the FSSAI to carry on the food business. This food License is area specific and is likewise term bound. It carries a 14-digit enrolment number. Authorizing/Registration of food business is required in India. The arrangement for this has been made in Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, which reaches out to the entire of India. It is an Act to solidify the laws identifying with food, which builds up the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India for setting down science-based models for articles of nourishment and to manage their produce, stockpiling, dissemination, sale and import, to guarantee accessibility of sheltered and healthy nourishment for human utilization and for issues associated therewith or coincidental thereto.
FOOD BUSINESS OPERATOR (FBO)
License/registration with FSSAI is the must for each Food Business Operator (FBO). Regardless of whether an FBO requires a License or enrolment relies on the variables like a limit of production/taking care of and so on, nature of food business exercises and area of operation. Before making an application to the specialist FBO must experience the qualification inquiry to comprehend whether it needs enrolment or License(State License/Central License).
IMPORTER OF FOOD
Each individual who is an importer needs to apply for a central license at their address which has been enlisted with DGFT while acquiring Import Export Code. A food business carrying on business in various areas needs to apply for the discrete license for every area. In this way, every area will be issued a different license with the exception of transporter where one license will be issued for every one of the vehicles of a single transporter/business.
CENTRAL FOOD LICENCE
In the event that a Food Business Operator is working in more than two states, it needs to acquire another central License for the Head Office/Registered Office and separate license for every area, which will again rely on the elements like limit of production/taking care of and so on, nature of food business exercises and area of activity.
REQUIREMENT & FEATURES OF FOOD LICENSE:-(All copies of documents should be self-attested by the customer)
Passport size photograph of Food Business operator,
Document for Identity Proof like (Ration Card, Voter ID Card, Driving License, Passport, Aadhar Card, PAN card) ,
Supporting Documents (if any):- NOC by Municipality/Panchayat, Health NOC
GENERAL REGISTRATIONS TO START A FOOD BUSINESS:
To Start a Food Business the applicant must be a legal entity specially created for the purpose of the food business, i.e, the Memorandum of Association of the Private Limited Company or Partnership Deed or Agreement / LLP Agreement must have Object of doing food business in India. It must also have Pan Card in The Name of the Business, Vat Registration and /or Service tax registration, FSSAI Registration or FSSAI License.
BASIC FEATURE OF FOOD LICENCE IN INDIA
Food License is mandatory for every food business. The term of food License can be of one year to five years. Every FBO needs to comply with the conditions of License with which the license is granted. The license holder must display the copy of the license at the prominent place of premises where the activities related to food business is being carried out & Inform authorities every changes or modification in the activities.
PROCESS OF FOOD LICENSE:
FSSAI is setup to control the manufacturing, storage, distribution, sales, and import of food articles. It is compulsory for any start-up or organization which a plan to enter the food business to get a food license from FSSAI.
Inspection of premises
An FBO has to ascertain that whether it needs to make application for License or registration. If License is required whether it need to apply for state License or central License.
Generation of application ID
Once the application is duly submitted the system will allow an application ID. It has to be used as a reference and in all further correspondence till a License is granted.
Scrutiny of application
The authorities will make a scrutiny of application and may require the applicant to furnish any additional information within 30 days of intimation.
Issuance of License
Once the License is issued a genuine copy of it will be required to be shown in a prominent place constantly inside business premises.