COMPLETE PROCESS OF RENEWAL FSSAI LICENSE
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INTRODUCTION 

Any food business operator in India must obtain a food license from the FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India). It is necessary to renew an FSSAI license in a timely manner in order for an FBO to continue operating lawfully and in accordance with FSSAI regulations. A food business operator cannot legally continue his business if his food license is not renewed before the expiry date specified in the license.

OVERVIEW OF BASIC FSSAI REGISTRATION

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“FSSAI”) is in charge of issuing food licenses to Food Business Operators in India. It is the apex body established by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and it is responsible for establishing standards for the sale, packaging, and storage of food in India. It was also formed under the Food Safety Act. Standards Act, 2006.

Similarly, all patented food units must register with the FSSAI and obtain a license. A new food, foods for special nutritional use, foods for special medical needs, functional foods, nutraceuticals, and health supplements, and other articles of food which the central government may notify on this behalf are all examples of proprietary foods that have not been standardized under these regulations. 

The Basic FSSAI Registration is required for food business operators such as producers, traders, and food store owners. Furthermore, depending on the size or scope of the food industry, there are two forms of food licenses: FSSAI License and Basic FSSAI Registration.

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WHO REQUIRES BASIC FSSAI REGISTRATION?

Any food business operator, such as hawkers, petty retailers, and others, with an annual turnover of up to 12 Lakhs must register with the FSSAI. Other than proprietor/proprietary food units, the FSSAI authority is currently not accepting any registration applications for Basic FSSAI License. If a food business falls into any of the following categories, a Basic FSSAI Registration is required:

  • Production 
  • Sourcing 
  • Processing 
  • Distribution 
  • Storage

To be more specific and detailed, any company or person that works with food substances in any capacity, from manufacturing to serving, must obtain the Basic FSSAI Registration.

WHAT IS THE CHECKLIST ELIGIBILITY FOR FSSAI REGISTRATION?

Under Basic FSSAI Registration, all small food business operators in a single state are registered. The state in which the business is located must allow this form of simple FSSAI certificate. The following are the eligibility requirements for basic FSSAI registration: –

  • Wholesalers, retailers, distributors, food sellers, hawkers, bars, restaurants, food storage units, Dhabas, restaurants, and hotels with an annual turnover of up to 12 lakhs.
  • Retailers whose activities are limited to the sale of consumer goods.
  • Consumer production by small-scale producers.
  • Units/manufacturers of food
  • Food-selling establishments, except those that serve at social or religious gatherings.
  • The food-related cottage industries.
  • Dairy processing milk units with a capacity of not more than 500 litres per day or up to 2.5 tonnes of milk solids per year.
  • Slaughter capacity is limited to two large and ten small cattle per day, as well as 50 poultry birds per day.
  • Vegetable oil parts, such as oil expeller systems, are manufactured or refined in solvents and refineries. A day, up to 100 kg/liters (excluding milk and meat).

WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR FSSAI REGISTRATION?

The list of documents required for the issuance of a Basic FSSAI Registration is given below:

  • Declaration of the FSSAI,
  • Photo identification of the food company owner,
  • A copy of evidence of premise ownership, such as a lease agreement,
  • Memorandum of Understanding, Agreement of Association, Partnership Deed, etc. – depending on the form of organization,
  • The type of food items that are involved,
  • Food safety control system plan

STEPS INVOLVED IN OBTAINING BASIC FSSAI REGISTRATION

Obtaining the Basic FSSAI Registration entails a number of steps. The food business owner should review the following items before beginning the licensing process:

  • Eligibility Requirements,
  • Structure of Fees,
  • Documentation Required, etc.

To obtain the Basic FSSAI Registration, follow the STEPS mentioned below.

  • It starts with the submission of Form A. When the food unit’s annual turnover is less than 12 lakhs, and its operating area is restricted to the state, the form must be filled out.

VERIFICATION BY THE AUTHORITY

Within 7 days of the application date, the department can accept or deny the application.

APPROVAL OR REJECTION BY THE AUTHORITY

If the department approves the application, the authority may issue a registration certificate that includes the 14-digit registration number and the applicant’s photo.

DISPLAY OF CERTIFICATE REGISTRATION

Following receipt of the Basic FSSAI Certificate, the food business operator must show the registration certificate at their place of business.

WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF FAILING TO OBTAIN BASIC FOOD REGISTRATION?

A Basic FSSAI Registration is required for all food-related businesses. The following are the implications of not having a valid food license: –

  • An FFSAI logo will help your business increase the prestige of the food it sells, distributes, or stores. However, you will not be allowed to use the FSSAI Logo on your food items unless you have a valid registration.
  • It’s possible that getting credit for your food company would be challenging. This is because of the investors, banks, and lenders favour borrowers who have a certificate over those who do not have an FSSAI license when issuing credit.
  • Failure to obtain a relevant FSSAI License can result in the loss of opportunities to apply for government tenders or events, among other things.
  • You experience a lack of trust from your target consumers.
  • You can also face a penalty of up to five lakh rupees or a six-month prison sentence if you operate a food business without a valid certificate of registration.

BENEFITS OF RENEWING FSSAI LICENSE

  • The aim was to aid in the improvement of safety standards and get them closer to international standards.
  • Consumers would feel more comfortable trusting the company and its goodwill after seeing that the brand or business is FSSAI registered.
  • As a consumer, we’d like to think that the food we’re eating is both licensed and healthy to consume.
  • In addition, obtaining a license will make it easier to expand a business; this will make obtaining an FSSAI State license or a Central FSSAI License more feasible. 

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WHEN CAN WE RENEW FSSAI LICENSE?

When a license is issued in compliance with FSSAI Regulations, it is valid for one year to five years from the date of issuance. It is determined by the FBO from the date of registration or license issuance to the payment of the relevant fee and agreement to all license provisions.

As a result, the length of a word varies. Since the number of Food Licenses for FBOs is restricted, each FBO must renew its FSSAI license before the registration period expires in order to continue receiving the benefits of the food license.

HOW TO RENEW FSSAI LICENSE

In India, every food business operator (FBO) must obtain a license from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

To ensure that every customer receives safe-to-eat items, FBO must have a valid food license that meets the FSSAI Act’s requirements. The food license, on the other hand, is only valid for a period of five years. After that, the license must be renewed within the prescribed time frame. 

Renewal is needed if you want to keep your food business legal and compliant with the FSSAI regulations. Initially, the Food Business Operators (FBO) choose the duration of the food license, which can range from one year to five years.

The amount that the applicant must pay is completely determined by the number of years chosen.

According to the FSSAI, every food business operator must apply for license renewal 30 days before the current license expires.

FOR BASIC REGISTRATION

a. FBOs are required to send and sign Form A along with supporting documentation.

b. Two pictures of the applicant the size of a passport.

c. If applicable, NOCs from the municipality or panchayat, the health department, or other agencies:

d. If applicable, a lease agreement. FSSAI License (State or Central)

e. Form B must be completely completed and signed.

f. Proprietor/Director(s)/Authorized Signatory photo and address evidence.

g. The food processing plant’s layout plan

h. A list of the directors, including their full names, addresses, and phone numbers

i. Identification and proof of address for the individuals listed above

j. A food-category list (for manufacturers)

k. Authorization letter from the producer to work on his behalf

l. A letter of authorization from the municipality or another local authority partnership deed/ or affidavit of proprietorship and in case of a company a copy of MOA and AOA as well is required

m. Where appropriate, specify the source of meat and meat processing unit raw materials, as well as the source of milk and milk-related items and the milk collection center.

n. For the Ministry of Tourism’s certificate in the hotel industry

o. Water pesticide residue study for mineral, carbonated beverage, and other food packaging Certificate from the Ministry of Commerce for 100 % EOU (in the case of central license) 

p. The DGFT has released IECR registration documents (in the case of Central License)

q. Documents supporting the turnover claim (in the case of Central License)

r. A note on the water that will be used in the food (in the case of Central License) Possession proof is necessary (Electricity bill, sales deed, etc.) (in case of Central License) 

s. A refunded check Consequences if FSSAI Renewal is not completed within the specified time FBO is subject to a penalty of Rs100 per day if the application for FSSAI renewal is not completed within the specified time. If a license is not renewed on time, it is deemed expired. As a result, the food business owner would need to acquire a new license.

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REGULATIONS AND PENALTY

According to regulations, a license renewal application can only be approved if it is submitted at least 30 days prior to the license’s expiration date. Any renewal application submitted after the prescribed time has expired will be subject to a late penalty of Rs.100 per day for each day the application is late.

If a food business owner fails to apply for a renewal before the license expires, he must apply for a new FSSAI registration in order to continue doing business. A FSSAI license will remain valid until the orders are passed for renewal, but not if the application is made after the certificate has expired for 30 days.

  • The filing of Form A (in the case of Basic FSSAI Registration) or Form B (in the case of Central or State FSSAI License) along with the signatures of an approved signatory is the first step in renewing an FSSAI license. The forms contain information about the (FBO) food business operator’s business operation, which is filled out with a self-attested declaration of compliance with the Food Act Guidelines. The documents such as identity proof like Voter Card, Aadhaar Card, or Driving License is required to be attached.
  • An evaluation report, a Food Safety Management System, or a Food Safety Management Certificate must be submitted with the renewal application.
  • Form IX must also be filed in the correct format. This is the method used by the corporation to nominate people.
  • After obtaining an application with all necessary documentation, the authorities review it. The authorities will conduct an inspection of the business premises to ensure that the information given is accurate and disclosed.
  • Once the authorities have completed a successful and adequate inspection, they will provide the FBO with a food license (Food Business Operator).

It takes no longer than 60 days for a license to arrive at the FBO (food business operator). If an FBO does not obtain a license after 60 days, he will resume his operations without further notice.

CONCLUSION.

Any FBO who wishes to continue operating their respective food business must renew their food license. Any adjustment or alteration that a (FBO) food business operator plans to make in the food business must be reported to the FSSAI authorities. Every FBO must obtain a food license, which must be renewed on a regular basis.

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