What is Central FSSAI License?

FSSAI Central License is document issued by the Food and Safety Department to Food Business Owners, who have the following eligibility:

  1. Turnover equal to or greater than 20 Crores
  2. Having multiple stores or factories in different states
  3. Production greater than the limit.
  4. Having Import and Export of food products

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Central FSSAI Registration Process – Documents Required, Benefits

Food business operators whose annual turnover is more than Rs. 20 crores or having exports of food products need to have a Central License. It is mandated for such business to attach self-declaration about their turnover or account statement while filling the FSSAI Central License application.

  • At first, you need to submit Form B to the Food and Safety Department.
  • Applicant scrutiny by FSSAI’s officials
  • On-site inspection by FSSAI’s official of the business place.
  • Approval of application and grant of the application
  • Form B (duly filled and signed by the applicant)
  • Floor plan of the production or processing facility, reflecting key areas with accurate measurements
  • In case the applicant seeking registration for a company, a complete list of key management personal such as name, residential proof.
  • Copy of MOA, AOA & COI is necessary ( if the license seeker is a private limited company, OPC, and Public limited company)
  • A complete list of partners reflecting their name, contact detail, address, etc, along with a partnership deed copy (In case the license seeker is a partnership firm)
  • List of serving members in a co-operative society (In case the license seeker is a co-operative society)
  • Copy of a trust deed as well as the record of trustees ( if case the license seeker is a registered trust)
  • Utility bills (electricity bill, rent agreement, registry) of the business place for address proof
  • Food Safety Management Plan (FSMS) or identical protocol in place
  • Name & the list of machines present at the plant
  • List of active raw material suppliers
  • No objection certificate accorded by the concerned local authorities
  • Tourism certificate accorded by the ministry of tourism (if the license seeker is a hotel owner)
  • IEC certificate accorded by DGFT (Directorate General of Foreign Trade) (if the license seeker intended to ship food articles abroad)
  • Improves Business Credibility overtime
  • Allows businesses to a build large customer base
  • Gives competitive advantage by keeping unregistered entities unfunctional.
  • Creates chances for business expansion and growth

Who Need a FSSAI Registration?

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Non-Compliance for Central FSSAI License

All Food Business Operators (FBOs) have to comply with the rules and regulations under the FSSAI. FSSAI holds a random investigation of the product. A Food Safety Official has the authority from FSSAI to inspect the working conditions along with the food handling techniques of the operators, associates, and staff. Thereafter, they determine a level, based upon how compliant the food business is, with the regulations set by the Food Authority, using a checklist. Based on the checklist, the Official registers a level for the FBO as:
  • Compliance (C),
  • Partial compliance (PC),
  • Non-compliance (NC), or
  • Not applicable/Not observed (NA).
Additionally, the Food Official might issue an Improvement Notice, describing the areas or levels that need improvements. If the FBO fails to change these, within a specified time, a Show Cause Notice is sent. This Show Cause Notice states a date of hearing by which this FBO has to prove, backed with documentary evidence describing why it could not undertake the amendments or alterations. If the proofs are denied, or the FBO fails to reply to the Improvement Notice, within the specified time, it’s FSSAI number will get cancelled. In case the aggrieved FBO feels that the improvement notice is biased, it has the choice to file an Appeal with the State Commissioner for Food Safety. The decision by the State Commissioner can be challenged by appealing to the Food Safety Appellate Tribunal or the high court. Penalty of Non-Compliance Below is a list of FSSAI penalties for an FBO found which is found to be non-compliant to the provisions: If the food business is running without taking an FSSAI certificate, the act is punishable under law. The FBO may face imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs.5 lakh for this. If the FBO is selling the sub-standard quality of food items, it may be charged for an amount up to Rs.5 lakhs. In such a case, the person selling the sub-standard items, either himself or by a person working on his behalf, will be held responsible. The business selling misbranded goods, either himself or by a person working on his behalf, can be penalized up to Rs.3 lakh. All the FBOs included in sales, packers, storage, distributions, or importing of Food Items comprising superfluous or extraneous matter, a penalty may get levied of Rs.1 lakh. The penalty specified in the above points may vary, according to the conditions. In extreme cases, where death occurs due to consumption of the particular food item, the fine may extend to Rs.5 lakh along with imprisonment, depending upon the harm caused.

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