Ever wondered about the validity of your FSSAI Licence? Or checked your licence and found out that it was about to expire?
No, need to panic, as an FSSAI Licence can be renewed.
The FSSAI licence is the single most important licence required for India's food business operators. Issued by the FSSAI, Food Safety and Standard Authority of India, this licence is essential to carry out a food business. This licence is also required for all eligible food operators such as manufacturers, storage agencies, transporters, dealers, distributors.
An FSSAI Licence can be valid for a period of 1-5 years, depending upon purchase period.
A food business operator can opt for a certain kind of FSSAI Licence depending upon their business's annual turnover:
Basic FSSAI License- When the annual turnover is less than 12 lakhs.
Renewal for State FSSAI Licence- When the annual turnover ranges between 12-20 lakhs.
Renewal for Central FSSAI License- When the annual turnover is higher than 20 crores.
Necessity for Renewal
As mentioned above, a food/FSSAI licence is valid for a period of 1-5 years depending on the Food Business Operator’s (FBO) purchase period. Once a licence approaches the date of expiration, an FBO will need to apply for its renewal 30 days prior to expiry. Failing to follow this criteria, the FBO will be charged a fine of Rs.100 for each day of delay beginning from the date of expiry, until they renew the licence.
Benefits of FSSAI Renewal
An FSSAI registered food business instills confidence in consumers who are looking to buy your food product and trust your business with the spirit of goodwill.
A renewal guarantees re-inspection and re-examination of the business by FSSAI through legal proceedings. When this is done, only then can the application proceed for renewal.
A new concept gets introduced that strengthens safety standards and allows it to meet the benchmark of international organisations, through the FSSA Act.
Holding a license can make you go for business expansion with a relaxed state of mind. This helps in upgrading to State or Central license.