FSSAI – Food Safety and Standards Authority of India: With the wave of newness and revolution in the country, the Government has taken one more step in direction of the concept of ‘One Nation, One Food’.
FSSAI standing for ‘Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’ is a body that looks after this mission. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has established the FSSAI as an autonomous body for this concern. The Ministry has formed this body under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
The FSSAI has the responsibility of looking after the health and wellness of the masses by regulating and supervising food safety. It takes care of the standards set for the intake of the food. Thus, FSSAI promotes public health and wellness.
- The Central Government of the country appoints the non-executive chairman as the head of the FSSAI.
- The non-executive chairman should be holding or should have held a post, not below the rank of a Secretary under the Government of India.
- The current Chairperson of the FSSAI is Rita Teotia.
- The current chief executive officer of the FSSAI is Pawan Kumar Agarwal.
Headquarters and Offices:
- The headquarters of the FSSAI is located in New Delhi.
- Besides the headquarters, FSSAI has 6 regional offices in Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Kolkata, Cochin, Chennai.
- The FSSAI also has 14 referral laboratories, 72 State laboratories, and 112 NABL accredited private laboratories.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has been established with the following aims:
- Lay down science-based standards for articles of food.
- To regulate the manufacture, storage, distribution, import and sale of food.
- To facilitate the safety of food.
With the formation of the FSSAI, many older acts were brought together under one governing body. The FSSAI looks after the execution of the following act:
- Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954
- Fruit Products Order, 1955
- Meat Food Products Order, 1973
- Vegetable Oil Products (Control) Order, 1947
- Edible Oils Packaging (Regulation) Order 1988
- Solvent Extracted Oil, De- Oiled Meal and Edible Flour (Control) Order, 1967
- Milk and Milk Products Order, 1992.
FSSAI issues a license to the business bodies that indicates that their food item is according to the standards set by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. The FSSAI issues three types of licenses based on the business body and their turnover. All food manufacturing, food packaging and food storing units necessarily need to have this license.
The three types of licenses are as follows:
- Registration: This is for the units which have Turnover less than ₹12 Lakh. This license costs Rs. 100 per year.
- State License: This is for the units which have Turnover between ₹12 Lakh to ₹20 Crore. This license costs Rs. 2000 per year.
- Central License: This is for the units which have Turnover above ₹20 Crore. This license costs Rs. 7500 per year.
It is a 14 digit license number or registration that is there on every packaging of the food This is to ensure more accountability to the FBO related to the quality of food products.
FSSAI Registration Process:
Any business unit related to food manufacturing, food packaging, and food storing can get the registration done on FSSAI by following a series of simple steps.
The complete step by step guide for the registration process is as follows:
Open the official website of the FSSAI registration on your browser. The link for the official website is http://foodlicensing.fssai.gov.in.
Once you open the official link, your application process will start with the checking of the eligibility criterion. This checks the kind of license you are eligible for. That is, whether you are eligible for a Central or State License. For this, you will have to enter the address for each location separately and check for their eligibility individually. For example, a unit having a turnover of up to 20 crores gets a State license while the one having a greater turnover gets a Central license.
Once you open the link and check the eligibility criteria, click on the ‘Sign up’ option for the license. There, you will have to fill the sign-up form with contact details. Make sure you have a valid Email ID or a contact number.
After filling in the details, you will have to specify the username and password. think of a unique username for the registration and enter the password. Once done with filling the form and assigning the username and password, click on the ‘Register’ button to complete the sign-up process.
After the account activation process gets completed, you will get a sign-up success confirmation message through SMS and e-mail on the registered number and e-mail id.
Sign in to your account and fill up the online FSSAI Registration Application Form. (https://foodlicensing.fssai.gov.in/index.aspx) (Make sure you have all the relevant documents required for the application. Also, make sure the application form is completed in one sitting, else the form goes to incomplete tab). We have mentioned the important documents needed for FSSAI Registration below.
After filling out the online application, make sure to take a printout of the form before you click on ‘Submit’.
After you click on the ‘Submit’ button, a reference number will be shown on the screen. Make sure to note down the reference number. The reference number is necessary to track the progress of your application for Registration or Licensing.
After the online application, you need to submit the printout of the filled up Online Application Form to the Regional Authority/State Authority. Along with the print-out of the application form, you will need to submit some other documents as well. This has to be done within 15 days of the online submission.
For doing the registration of their firms, the business units will require the following details to be ready with them:
- Form duly completed and signed by the Proprietor.
- Identity Proof
- Address Proof issued by Government Authority
- List of main directors and stakeholders in the business with their identity proof
- Valid Email ID and Contact Number
- Food Safety Management plan (You can get these documents from the nearest Notary or can be downloaded online)
- Proof of possession of premise(Sale Deed, Rent Agreement, Electricity Bill, etc.)
- NOCs from Municipal Corporations or local bodies.
- Kitchen Layout Plan
- Water Testing Report from an ISI approved the facility
- Partnership Deed/ Affidavit of Proprietorship (in case of business operated in other premises or case of partnership firm)
- List of Food Category
- Types of equipment to be used.
- Medical Certificates of Employees.