What is the procedure of renewing the License of Food Safety & Standard Authority of India?
Food Security and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) license is granted to the Food Business Operator (FBOs) in India such as manufacturers, storage units, transporters, distributors, retailers, petty hawkers etc before commencing their food business. Renewal of FSSAI license is also compulsory after the expiry of its validity in order to continue the operation of the business legally and effectively and in accordance with the rules, regulations and provisions as laid down by the FSSAI Act.
Every Food Business Operators are required to possess a valid food license issued under this Act to ensure that the customers are provided with the products that are not harmful to consume. The fees are decided according to the validity of the food license selected by the food business operators (FBOs) which can be from 1 year to 5 years. Renewal of License can be made by the Food Business Operators (FBO) to the Food Safety & Standard Authority of India 30 days before the expiry of the current food license.
What if application of FSSAI license renewal is not made within the stipulated time?
Rs. 100 per day shall be charged where the application for renewal of FSSAI License is not made within the stipulated time and as a result the current license shall be deemed to be expired and an application for fresh license is to be made to continue the operation of the business. Hence to avoid the penalty, it is always advisable to renew the license within the stipulated time.’
The period, during which the renewal of license is in process, the current license shall continue to be in force but the renewal application must be made 30 days before the expiry of current license.
What are the steps for Food Security and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) Registration/License Renewal?
- Form A (renewal of basic registration) or Form B (renewal of state/ central license) are required to be filed along with the signatures of the authorized signatory and identity proof issued by the government for Food Security and Standard Authority of India(FSSAI) license renewal process.
- An audit report/ FSMS plan/ Certificate/ Self-declaration on the letter head of the Food Business Operations/ company/ firm regarding Food Safety Management System has to be attached with the application filed for renewal of the FSSAI license.
- Form no. IX - Form of Nomination of Persons is also required to be filed by a Company in the prescribed format.
- Along with the application form, a self declaration shall be filed which shall indicates that the food business is being conducted according to the Food Safety and Standards Act, regulation, bye-laws, notices and orders as may be issued by the Food Security and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) authority and also indicates that it shall comply with the Guidelines issued on Hygiene and Sanitary Practices published by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and to all subsequent guidelines issued by authorized person/ authority provided under Schedule 4 of the Registration and Licensing Regulation from time to time.
- Examination of application shall be carried out by the Food safety & standard authority of India on receipt of license renewal application and inspection of the business premises shall also be conducted by the authority to ensure that the furnished details regarding the food businesses are fair and correct.
- Generally renewal of FSSAI registration or license process gets completed within 60 days but if it does not completed within 60 days and no notice has been received by you on the same matter then you can continue your business operation without waiting for any further communication by the department.
What documents are required for Basic Food License?
Basic Food License registration
- FSSAI Authority prescribes the Form A which is required to be submit along with the signature and documents of Food Business Operators.
- Food Business Operators two Passport size photographs
- Identity proof such as Permanent Account Number (PAN) card, Driving license, Voter identity card, Passport, Aadhaar card, Senior citizen card;
- No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued by Municipality/gram Panchayat, health Department etc. if any;
- Rent Agreement where the property is taken on rent if any.
Which Documents do I need to submit for State / Central Food License?
For State/ Central License
- Completed and Signed Form-B
- Processing unit’s Blueprint/layout plan (Manufacturing and processing unit only)
- In case of companies, List of Directors / Partners / Proprietor / Executive Members along with contact details and photo identity are required to be provided.
- In case of Manufacturing and processing unit, details of machinery used for the manufacturing of food items
- In case of Manufacturing unit, list of categories of food which are manufactured is required to be provided.
- The manufacturer is required to provide the authority letter where the person is nominate with the authority.
- In case of Manufacturing and processing unit, Analysis report of water which is used for manufacturing the food products.
- Proof of premises, where the possession is under your control.
- Affidavit of Proprietorship/ / Certificate of Incorporation/ Partnership Deed/ Memorandum of Association (MOA).
- In case of Co-operatives, Copy of certificate registration obtained under the Cooperative Act is required to be submitted.
- In case of relabelers and repackers, No Objection Certificate (NOC) & manufacturer License is to be submitted.
- Where applicable, Food Safety Management System plan and Recall Plan.
- A cancelled Cheque
- Where applicable, source of milk and meat are to be disclosed.
- No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued by the Municipality or local body
- In case of Hotels, Certificate provided by the Ministry of Tourism (HRACC) needs to be submitted.
- Form IX is to be filed.