FSSAI Certification- All You Need to Know

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What is FSSAI Certification?

What does FSSAI certificate means -

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a legal authority that provides food licenses to every Food Business Operators (FBO) in India according to Section 31 (1) of the FSS Act, 2006 to regulate the food quality as per the rules and regulations of the FSSAI.

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Is it mandatory to obtain the FSSAI certification?

Assuredly, every business that engages in the food supply chain is required to procure the license. If they fail to do so, they won’t be allowed to operate in the Indian market.

Further, to acquire FSSAI certification the sample of your product and other related details would be needed. So, if your product withstands the standards of the FSSAI you can procure the license.

What is the purpose of the FSSAI license?

FSSAI license ensures the quality of the food and other food-related products by following the finest health standards. Thus, it ensures the protection of the consumer from low-quality or tainted food.

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FSSAI Certificate Benefits

Legal Benefit

FSSAI certificate authorizes the business to obtain legal benefits to prevent you from fine, debarment, or both which a food business has to face if it fails to obtain the FSSAI license.

Market Advantage

An FSSAI certificate helps in enhancing the brand value and provides wider access to the market by increasing the goodwill of the product. Thus, it ensures the customers’ safety and is eligible to sell your products at various geographical locations without affecting the demand of the products.  

Apart from this, there are more FSSAI certificate benefits, you can probably receive privileges such as government funding, easy access to loans, etc.

Thus, procuring the FSSAI license is not only beneficial for the customers but also provides you satisfactory benefits too.

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Who Need to Obtain the FSSAI License

Canteen/ Restaurant/ Dhaba
Manufacturer/ Food Processor
Distributor/ Wholesaler/ Supplier
and others

Types of FSSAI License

FSSAI certificate is of three types depending on the turnover of the business. 

1. FSSAI FoSCos Basic License

A business with a turnover below 12 lakh would need to acquire FSSAI basic license. 

Further, as the turnover of the business increases above 12 lakhs, the basic registration needs to upgrade to the state license. Thus, as the name implies, it is an intermediate-level license that is generally opted by small businesses or startups.

2. FSSAI FoSCos State License

The business with a turnover above 12 lakhs to 20 crores needs to obtain a State license. The FSSAI State license is also acquired by small to medium businesses, retailers, restaurant marketers, storage units, distributors, etc.

3. FSSAI FoSCos Central License

FSSAI Central license is required by the business with a turnover of above 20 crores. Along with this, importers, manufacturers, operators in the Central government, airports, seaports, railways, etc need to acquire the same license.

The cost of obtaining the above-mentioned licenses could be different depending on various factors, however, the validity of the licenses is 1-5 years.

FSSAI Certificate Documents | Food License Documents

As mentioned above, there are three types of FSSAI licenses that require different documents to obtain the license.

1. Documents Required For Basic FSSAI License
  • Passport size picture of an authorized person (latest).
  • Address proof of the authorized person.
  • Address and name of the business.
  • Details of the nature of the business.
  • Declaration form from the FSSAI.
2. Documents For State FSSAI License
  • Aadhar card, Passport, Voter ID card, Driving License, etc as identity proof.
  • Details of nature of business.
  • If rented, then you are required to submit the rental agreement of the business premises.
  • You are required to submit the government registration certificate (if any) such as Company Incorporation Certificate, Trade license, Partnership Deed, Firm Registration, GST Registration number, etc.
  • If a business premises is a partnership firm or private limited company, you are required to submit the MoA (Memorandum of Association) and AOA (Article of Association) or Partnership Deed.
  • Submitting the Trade license, Corporation license, Municipality License, Shop, and Establishment Registration is required mandatorily (any one).
  • FSSAI declaration form.

Documents required for manufacturing or repacker category,

  • The layout of the plant.
  • Pictures of manufacturing units.
  • In the company, letterhead submits the details of the products.
  • Details of the machinery which are used for production on the letterhead of the company.
3. Documents For Central FSSAI License
  • For identity proof, you are required to submit the Aadhar card, Voter ID card, Passport, Driving License, etc.
  • You are required to submit the rental agreement if the business premises is on rent.
  • You are required to submit any government registration certificates such as Company Incorporation Certificate, Partnership Deed, Firm Registration, Trade License, GST Registration Number, or Shop and Establishment Registration.
  • If you are operating a partnership firm or private limited company, you are required to submit MoA and AoA or Partnership Deed.
  • Authority letter from the company stating that the concerned person is sanctioned to file the FSSAI application.
  • In the case of the manufacturer, you need to submit the list of food categories which the manufacturer wants to manufacture.
  • For the category of import and export IE code (Import Export Code) is mandatory to submit.

Documents required for manufacturing category,

  • Pictures of the manufacturing unit.
  • Details of the product along with plant layout.
  • Details of machinery which are used for production on the letterhead of the company.
  • The water test report is mandatory to submit in case your business is dealing in a mineral water plant.

How to Get FSSAI Certificate |  FSSAI Certification Procedure

The application form will be submitted as per Form A.

Once application form will be submitted, a Unique Application Reference Number will be generated.

Within the 7 days of the registration, the Registration Authority (RA) will either approve or reject the application to obtain the FSSAI certificate.

The Registration Authority will either conduct inspection or not.

In case the inspection is not required, the Food Business Operator can commence its business.

However, if required, the Registration Authority will issue a notification for the inspection.

Within the 7 days of issuance of the notice for inspection, inspection will be ordered.

If you have cleared the inspection, you are eligible to obtain the FSSAI certificate and commence the business.   

In later stages, within 30 days, the inspection will be conducted.

JR Compliance has been providing exemplary services to its highly reputed brands that have proven that we ensure proper coordination with you and the FSSAI officials for acknowledgements and meet the FSSAI license requirements. We care about our client expectations, that’s why we are equipped with experts and resources to assist you in complete understanding of FSSAI certification procedure, while taking of food license documents, meeting FSSAI compliance, and more. Thus, you can seamlessly obtain a food certificate in India.

Our Role in Obtaining FSSAI License

Our FSSAI certificate process consultants will assist you in filling the application.

We will assist you in the FSSAI certificate documents submission and evaluation.

JR Compliance has a professional team that will coordinate with the FSSAI officials for inspection, which is an integral part of FSSAI certificate process.

We guarantee to provide you proper acknowledgements and follow-ups by being in direct coordination with FSSAI officials or FSSAI compliance.

We assure you to provide you quality services by ensuring a professional approach to obtain the FSSAI license.

In case of any query, we will provide the finest solution to your concern regarding how to get FSSAI certificate or food license documents.

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To culminate, as mentioned FSSAI license or FSSAI registration is mandatory to obtain to operate every Food Business Operators (FBO) in India. Thus, without acquiring an FSSAI license, food business operations such as Restaurants, Dhabas, Canteen, Retailers, Distributors, etc won’t be able to operate in India.

Consequently, JR Compliance - a Delhi based compliance service provider has been assisting the highly reputed brands for 8+ years by guaranteeing proper follow-ups and acknowledgment to avoid inaccuracy and to ensure a smooth procedure.

Hence, for expert and professional services, contact us immediately.

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