As per the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) provisions, an importer or manufacturer who wishes to initiate food business on any premises is required to take FSSAI license. The importer or manufacturer needs to obtain a Form C to carry out any food-related business. The process for obtaining FSSAI permission is as follows:
Manufacturers including re-packers for the following manufacturing types:
|FBOs need to file an application depending upon the Kind of business activity, product category and turnover under registration, state license or central license in Form A or Form B as applicable.|
|The information about product categories, proof of premise, blueprint of premise, water test report, production capacity, formulation details, memorandum of association, article of association, Certificate of incorporation, Import export Code, list of equipment and machinery, person responsible for food safety and operations, FSMS plan, Recall Plan etc., needs to be uploaded.|
|The declaration needs to be submitted for complying with FSSAI regulations and conditions for license.|
|FBOs need to revert to FSSAI within 30 days in case any query raised by authority.|
|In case of no queries or concerns from FSSAI, the license is granted in Form C within 30-45 days of submission/query response.|
Depending upon the fees paid for obtaining an FSSAI license, the license will be approved for one to five years.
The Government Timeline for grant of Form C is 30-45 days.
To avoid any queries, the importer or manufacturer seeking permission for an FSSAI license to start food business activity should ensure the following:
The category of business and license required are applied correctly.
The category, details, and end-use of the product should be submitted.
Address and proof of possession of the premises must be filed in sync as the details do not match most of the time.
A NABL accredited water test report should not be older than three months.
The category and ingredients of the food product must be filed correctly as most of the time, the details are inappropriate.
To avoid queries, the importer or manufacturer must submit the correct details as per the product category.
The importer or manufacturer should also double-check the possession details of the unit and identity proof of all the directors.
NABL accredited water test report and a NOC from Central Ground Water Authority should be in place before filling out form B.
No, the applicant must fill out all the details in one form for obtaining an FSSAI license for more than one food product.
Form IX consists of the details of the head or the person in charge of any establishment, branch, or unit nominated as per the FSS Act and Rules and Regulations. Every licensed food business operator must nominate a person and inform the licensing authority by filing Form IX.
The queries listed by the licensing or registration authority would be visible on the dashboard of the applicant. The applicant should respond to these queries within 30 days, or it would lead to the rejection of the application.
If there is more than one manufacturing unit at different locations for the same food business, the applicant must apply for a Central license and a separate License for all the units. The applicant would obtain a license required for each team from the Central or State authorities. The applicant will need a Head Office license if any food business activity is performed on the Registered Office/Head Office premises.
In cases of suspension or cancellation of the license, the manufacturer should immediately stop the food business activity as it will be considered unlawful. In such cases, the legal authority would subject the manufacturer to penal actions as p.er the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSS), 2006