The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. It is responsible for laying down standards for food products and regulating their manufacturing, storage, distribution, sale, and import to ensure the safety and quality of food for human consumption.
FSSAI license is a mandatory requirement for all food business operators (FBOs) in India. The license is issued by the FSSAI and serves as a legal permit to carry out food-related activities in India. The FBOs need to apply for the FSSAI license according to their scale of operation, and the license is issued based on the compliance of the FBO with the FSSAI regulations.
There are three types of FSSAI licenses, namely:
Basic FSSAI license:
For FBOs with an annual turnover of up to Rs. 12 lakh.
State FSSAI license:
For FBOs with an annual turnover of more than Rs. 12 lakh and up to Rs. 20 crore.
Central FSSAI license:
For FBOs with an annual turnover of more than Rs. 20 crore.
The FSSAI license ensures that the food products are safe for consumption and meet the required quality standards. It also helps in building consumer trust and confidence in the food products and promotes transparency in the food industry.