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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on FSSAI Licensing and Registration Regulations

The FSSAI License and Registration is the basic requirement to commence any food business in India. The individuals and organizations often face difficulty in understanding the regulations and compliance requirements for FSSAI Licensing or Registration. Based on the queries received from our readers and industry partners, we have listed below the most frequently asked questions […]

The FSSAI License and Registration is the basic requirement to commence any food business in India. The individuals and organizations often face difficulty in understanding the regulations and compliance requirements for FSSAI Licensing or Registration. Based on the queries received from our readers and industry partners, we have listed below the most frequently asked questions and their answers for your ease of understanding.

Q1. What is the fee of application for modification of FSSAI license?

Answer: For a change of any information contained in the License or registration certificate – Form C, the fee equivalent to the fee of one-year new license or registration is applicable. No fee is required for modification of non – Form C details.

Q2. How to renew the FSSAI license after expiry?

Answer: The FSSAI license or registration cannot be renewed if it is not applied  within 30 days from the expiry of license/registration. Once the license/registration is expired, the FBO has to apply afresh.

Q3. What License is required to carry out different kind of food business activities at the same premise?

Answer: FSSAI license is based on premise. All kinds of food business activities which are being carried out at the same premise can be applied for in a single FSSAI license.

Q4. Which Food Businesses are eligible for FSSAI registration and by whom is it issued?

Answer: FSSAI Registrations are granted to petty or small Food Businesses whose turnover is less than Rs. 12 lakhs per annum. The registration certificate obtained in Form C is required to be displayed in the food business premise at a prominent place. The registration is issued by the Authority who may be a Food Safety Officer or a Designated Officer or any other official in Municipal Corporation or any other local body or Panchayat in an area. These officials are notified by the State Food Safety Commissioner.

Q5. Do pharmacies and medical stores need to apply for a FSSAI license or registration if they are selling Health supplements or Nutraceutical products?

Answer: All Food business operators including pharmacies or medical stores selling Health supplements or Nutraceutical products need to apply for the FSSAI license or registration.

Q6. What is the FSSAI License requirement to run a food business in more than one state with the same name of the company or organization?

Answer: Food Business Operators (FBOs) with food business in two or more states has to apply for an additional Central License for its registered Office or Head Office. The separate license or registration has to be obtained for each unit or premise depending upon their individual capacity or turnover from the concerned Central or State licensing authority.

Q7. Can an Import Export Certificate Code (IEC Code) be used to file two separate applications for Importer License?

Answer: An Importing FBO can file for only one Importer license with its IEC Code. The Importer cannot submit another application with the same IEC Code after it has been used once unless the applicant deletes the application that is incomplete or have already been submitted.

Q8. Who issues the FSSAI license or registration for food businesses in railways premises or Airport/Seaport?

Answers: For Food business premises that are under Railways, the FSSAI licenses or registrations are issued by the FSSAI notified designated officer or Food Safety officers of Railways. The FSSAI license for food businesses in Airport/Seaport are issued by FSSAI notified Airport Health Officer (APHO)/Port Health Officer (PHO).

Q9. Does the export of food products also require No Objection Certificate (NOC) from FSSAI?

Answer: For the export of food products from India, there is no requirement of obtaining a NOC from FSSAI.

Q10. Under which circumstances can the Designated Officer (DO) suspend or cancel the FSSAI license or Registration?

Answer: The DO may suspend the license of a Food Business Operator (FBO) if they are not complying with the improvement notice. The DO may also cancel the license, after giving the FBO an opportunity to show cause.

Q11. Can FBOs file an appeal against the Improvement notice, cancellation or suspension of FSSAI License?

Answer: Yes, any FBO aggrieved by an improvement notice may appeal to the State Food Safety Commissioner whose decision thereon will be final. This can be done within fifteen days from the date on which notice of the decision was served on the FBO desiring to appeal or the period specified in the improvement notice, whichever expires earlier. The decision of the State Commissioner of Food Safety can be challenged in the Food Safety Appellate Tribunal or high court of his respective States or Union territories.

For more information about FSSAI Licensing and Registration of Food Business regulations, contact www.foodsafetymantra.com.

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