WHAT IS FOOD LICENSE ?

Food License is obligatory for all amenities that make, pack, process, or stock up foodstuff, beverages, or dietetic supplements that may be demanded in the country.  It is necessary for all food business operators. There are various types of food license that depend on your food business. Food Safety and Standards Authority is founded to implement the powers settled to, and to execute the jobs assigned to, it in the Food Safety and Standards Act. No one can begin any food business until you will register yourselves with food authority. Besides it, this food license has various advantages upon your food business. If you will have this license then there will be a high degree of buyers, assurance in safety & excellence of food.

In today’s era the buyers are more informative, everyone wants quality food as well as nutritional. In such period the food license works as the magic stick for your food business. If your food product will have the FSSAI logo then their demand will be more in the market. Most of the buyers have turn out to be health conscious hence prefer clean premises where eatables are wondered to be free of adulteration, contamination and processed keeping in mind hygienic principles. A food license can effortlessly expand the reliance of buyers and so they will prolong to patronize on a regular basis.  The process of getting food license is very easy and simple.

TYPE OF FOOD LICENSE

Businesses engaged in food activities are required to apply for food license of different types based on turnover, scale of business and the type of activity. Such businesses must apply for either of the licenses (central or state) or simple registration. The criteria specified in rules are as follows:

BASIC LICENSE

This is required for small business or startups which have annual turnover below Rs.12 lakhs. Basic registration can be upgraded to state license as your sales graph increases.

STATE LICENSE

This license is applicable to mid-sized companies which have annual turnover between Rs.12-20 crores. It is also required in cases where you need to supply at the govt offices or import / export food products.

CENTRAL LICENSE

This license is applicable typically on large business with annual turnover above Rs.20 crores. It is also required in cases where you need to supply at the government offices or import / export food products.

Documents required are

  • Photo of Food Business Operator
  • Document for Identity Proof like Ration Card, Voter ID Card, PAN Card, Driving License, Passport, Aadhar Card, Senior Citizen Card, Department Issued ID
  • Supporting Documents (if any):- NOC by Municipality/Panchayat, Health NOC

 

Documents required are

  • Copy of Aadhaar Card/ Voter identity card of owner
  • PAN CARD of owner
  • Rent agreement copy (If rented property)
  • Passport size photograph of owner

Additional document (if is Manufacturer/ Processing unit)

  • Blueprint/layout plan of the processing unit
  • Name and List of Equipments and Machinery along with the number, installed capacity and horse power used
  • List of food category desired to be manufactured
  • Pesticide residues report of water
  • Technically Qualified person holding BSC Chemistry or food DIPLOMA degree & ID proof
  • Business registration proof

Note:- Annual Turnover 12 lakh – 2 Crore/year. FSSAI application code in 7 days & license in 60 days 

 

Documents required are

  • Copy of Aadhaar Card/ Voter identity card & PAN CARD of partners
  • Property papers copy (If owned property)
  • Rent agreement copy (If rented property)

Electricity/ water bill/Telephone bill / Mobile bill of business place

  • Passport size photograph of Proprietor /partners/Directors
  • Pan card of firm/Company/Partnership Firm
  • IEC for Importing Exporting Unit

Note:- Annual Turnover For Sales > 2 Crore/year, FSSAI application code in 7 days & license in 60 days. 

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