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Abhineet Pratap Singh Feb 10,2021 0

A Guide to FSSAI Food License Renewal Process

What is FSSAI Food License for?

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a legal authority which ensures mandatory compliance for the safety of food products manufactured and imparted to people. 

 FSSAI Food License is granted to all the manufacturers and restaurants who deal in food businesses. It is also compulsory for homemade food selling because the FSSAI is responsible for protecting public health, promoting food safety and accountable for maintaining the quality of food. 

 As FSSAI Food LIcense is important for the commencement of the food business, FSSAI Food License Renewal is also imperative for its continual validation. According to different types of registration process of FSSAI License, the FSSAI Food License Renewal is also different for different registration processes.

 

FSSAI Food License Renewal

The FSSAI Food License is important for conducting the food business; likewise the FSSAI Food License Renewal is also imperative for operating your food business without further intricacies and complexities.  

The Fssai Food License issued to the food business operators has the validity of 1yr to maximum of 5yrs., as chosen by the respective business operators. If one is unable to apply for the license renewal then he is subjected to the penalty of Rs.100 per day after the expiry of license till its renewal.

 Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, the FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards authority of India) has extended the time limit for the application of the renewal of the FSSAI License. The FSSAI has given relaxation to all those FBOs (Food Business Operators) who are unable to apply for the FSSAI Food License Renewal due to the lockdown enforced due COVID-19.

FSSAI Food License Renewal Types

The FSSAI Food License Renewal system is segregated into different categories according to different forms of FSSAI Licensing.

 

Basic FSSAI Food License Renewal

The basic FSSAI Food License Renewal is appropriate and applicable for all those Food Business Operators who fall under the basic registration criteria i.e. businesses below 12 lakh turnover. The renewal fees may vary depending upon the number of years your business has been operating (Rs.100-500 approx).

 

State FSSAI Food License Renewal

The state FSSAI Food License Renewal is appropriate for the businesses who fall under the state licensing criteria (b/w 12 lakh to 20 crore turnover). The renewal fees i.e. Rs 2000-5000 per yr, depends upon 2 factors which are:

  1. Food Business type (restaurant or producer)

  2. Validity of the License Renewal (b/w 1 to 5 yrs)

Central FSSAI Food License Renewal

The Central FSSAI Food License Renewal is appropriate for the businesses who fall under the central licensing criteria and the renewal fees is Rs. 7500 per yr.

 

Procedure for an Expired FSSAI Food License Renewal

The procedure applicable for the renewal of FSSAI License is not very difficult and can be carried out in 2 different ways: 

Offline Procedure

Considering the eligibility of the Food Business Operators (FBOs), two forms need to be filled for the application of the FSSAI Food License Renewal. Those forms are Form A and Form B which comprises the regulatory business activities of the FBOs.These forms are attached with the self-attested declaration and should be in compliance with the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. 

After the forms are stacked up then they are sent for the verification. The verification is carried out to verify whether the details are correct , genuine and are in the knowledge of the applicant.

Inspection of the premises of the restaurant may also be executed, if required in the domain of verification.

Based on the result of the verification, the renewed FSSAI food license will be issued to the applicant. This is a complete process of 60 days and the food license will be provided to the applicant in the span of 60 days.

If your food business license is on the verge of expiry then its preferable to apply for the renewal of the license under 30 days before its expiry. But if your food license has expired already then you need to submit your present license number which was granted by the responsible authorities. Once we receive your food business’s license number then we will fill the Form A and Form B.

Online Procedure

The online procedure of applying for FSSAI Food License Renewal is easy, convenient and comfortable for people who feel lazy visiting the office and physically filling up the required forms. 

You need to follow certain steps for online application of the Fssai Food License Renewal:

  • Visit the official website of the Fssai i.e. http://foodlicensing.fssai.gov.in

  • Login to the website using the same Username and Password which you received at the time of initial filling of the application form.

  • Choose the “Apply for Renewal for License/Registration” tab.

  • Consequently, a list will appear on the screen. Do select the option suitable for you and click “Proceed”.

  • A pop-up box will appear on the screen with a message “Are you sure you want to apply for the renewal of the license”. Click “OK”.

  • Upload the required documents for the renewal process on the portal.

  • After uploading the documents, review those documents in terms of their clarity, then click the “Submit” button.

  • You will get a reference number which is to be used for further inquiries regarding this application.

Documents Required for FSSAI Food License Renewal 

To register the application for FSSAI Food License Renewal, you ought to certain documents ready with you which are as follows:

Basic FSSAI Food License Renewal

  • Government authorized Valid Identity proof of the applicant (Voter ID Card, Aadhar card or Driving License)

  • PAN card

  • 2 recent passport size photographs of the applicant 

  • Government authorized Valid Address proof (recent electricity bill, Mobile Bill or Gas Bill)

  • If the business property is owned by the applicant, then the original property papers and a copy of them is essential during the procedure for renewal.

  • If the business property is on rent by the applicant, then it is necessary to provide the Rent Agreement and the No Objection Certificate from the landlord.

State/Central FSSAI Food License Renewal

  • List of Proprietor, Partner(s), Director(s), Members, Authorized Signatory with their respective Valid Identity and Address proofs.

  • Latest passport size photographs of the Proprietor, Partner(s), Director(s), Members, Authorized signatory.

  • Property Papers (original and a photocopy), if the applicant is the owner of the said property.

  • Original and photocopies of the Rent Agreement and No Objection Certificate from the landlord, if the said property is on rent by the applicant.

  • Layout plan of the Food Processing Unit and the food category list.

  • A cancelled cheque.

  • NOC from the manufacturer or the municipality or the local body, in case the property being controlled by the distributor.

  • Partnership Deed, a copy of Memorandum of Agreement or Association of Agreement, in case of Co-operative society.

Supplementary Documents Which are Required for Central Food License Renewal apart from the Above Mentioned

  • Proof of turnover

  • Import Export code (IEC) issued by Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT)

  • Certificate issued by the Ministry of Commerce for 100% EOU (Export Oriented Units)

  • Analysis report of the water which will be utilized during the food preparation 

Consequences for not Getting the FSSAI Food License Renewal Done

If the Food Business Operator is not sincere for his FSSAI Food License Renewal or even refuses to apply for the FSSAI Food License, then a fine of Rs.100/- will be enforced with each day delay. If the FSSAI FoodLicense is not renewed within the stipulated time, then the license is termed as expired and the FBO has to appeal for to obtain the new one.

 

Hence, it is advisable to hold the FSSAI License for the smooth and proper functioning and the continual flow of the business.  

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