FSSAI Registration for Restaurants
FSSAI Registration for Restaurants
In India, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, or commonly known as FSSAI, is the organisation that governs and monitors food business throughout the country. FSSAI is vested with the responsibility of ensuring that every food product undergoes proper quality check. This would end the practice of food adulteration and the sale of unconsumable products. FSSAI deals with the registration and licensing of food business operators/ FBOs and lays down the rules and regulations of conducting a food business anywhere in India. This article talks about the procedure for obtaining FSSAI Registration for Restaurants and the various essentials concerning the same.
A food business operator is involved in various stages of handling food. Be it Manufacturing, Processing, Storage, Distribution or the Sale of any food product; it would mandatorily require an FBO to obtain an FSSAI Registration or a License. However, FSSAI Registration is not the same as an FSSAI License. The difference between the two would depend on the size and the nature of the business in question. A food business operator is required to acquire any of the two in order to function legally.
Normally, FSSAI registration is issued for any food business with a turnover of less than Rs.12 lakhs per year. Whereas, FSSAI state license is required for any restaurant or eatery with a turnover of more than Rs.12 lakhs per year.
This article talks about FSSAI registration for restaurants and the process described would be applicable only for eateries with a turnover of less than 12 lakhs per year.
An FSSAI Registration is a 14-digit registration number that has to be printed on every food product that is packaged or produced by the FBO. This procedure has been implemented in order to bring and create more accountability for the food business operator in terms of maintaining the quality of the food products.
An FSSAI Registration is a basic license that is mandatory for every food business operator who is involved in small-scale food businesses. Any FBO that falls under either of the following categories are required to obtain an FSSAI Registration.
- Any food business operator that has an annual turnover that does not cross the threshold of INR 12 Lakhs.
- Any petty retailer that deals in food products.
- Any individual who manufactures and/ or sells any food product by themselves.
- If the sale of food products is carried out by a temporary stall holder.
- Any person who distributes food at any social or religious gatherings with the exception of a caterer.
- Any cottage or small-scale industry that deals in the food business and has a food production capacity of up to 100 KGS or 100 LTRS per day. However, this production capacity does not include the production of meat and milk.
- Any cottage or small-scale industry that deals in the food business, and procures, handles and collects up to 500 LTRS of milk per day.
- Any cottage or small-scale industry that has the slaughtering capacity of accommodating 2 large animals/ 10 small animals/ 50 poultry birds per day.
Documents Required to Obtain FSSAI Registration for Restaurants
The following are the documents that are essential for a restaurant/ operator to apply for an FSSAI Registration.
- Passport Photograph
- ID Proof e.g. AADHAAR, Voter ID, PAN, etc.
- Proof of possession of premises (if different as mentioned in ID Proof)
- Declaration form
The following is the step-by-step process of obtaining an FSSAI Registration for restaurants and food businesses below the annual turnover threshold of INR 12 Lakhs.
Step 1: Visit the official Portal of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
Step 2: Click on the Apply Now icon on the top-right corner of the page.
Step 3: The Application for FSSAI Registration begins with the checking of eligibility of the food business operator. Therefore, click on the Accept icon.
Step 4: Select the State in which the restaurant will be operating.
Step 5: Select the Yes or No option according to your preference.
Step 6: The next page would display all the possible food business operator types and its annual turnover threshold.
Step 7: Select the option of Other Businesses from the top.
Step 8: Scroll down to find the option for Restaurant. Besides the option, select the annual turnover option. For basic FSSAI Registration, the option of Turnover up to 12 lakhs/ annum is chosen.
Step 9: Click on the Proceed icon.
Step 10: On the next page, click on the option of Click to Apply in the Actions column.
Step 11: A user may choose to register themselves on the Portal or to continue as a Guest. Registering yourself on the Portal has the added advantage of receiving any notification by the FSSAI directly to your phone.
Step 12: An applicant is required to fill Form A of the Application for Registration under the Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006. All the relevant documents are required to be uploaded for the Application. It is recommended to complete the Form in one go instead of letting the same go to the incomplete tab.
Step 13: After the Form is duly filled and completed with accurate information, click on the Submit icon. It is recommended to save a copy of the Form or take a print out of the same.
Step 14: Once the Form is successfully submitted, a Reference Number for your Application would be displayed. This Reference Number would be essential to keep track of the progress of the Application for Registration.
Step 15: The print-out of the Online Application Form is to submit to the Regional Authority or the State Authority with all the essential documents within 15 days from the date of submitting the online Application that is to be considered.
The requisite fee for an FSSAI new registration certificate is INR 100.
The fee for the renewal of the FSSAI Registration Certificate is INR 100 every year.
The fee for obtaining the duplicate version of the FSSAI Registration Certificate is INR 100 every year.
Penalty for Non-Compliance
Every food business or food business operator, registered under the FSSAI, is required to follow the rules and regulations prescribed in the Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006. Generally, a Food Safety Officer conducts the inspection of the facility set up by the food business operator. The Officer also identifies the level of compliance the business has achieved against the rules and regulations of the Act using a checklist. Depending on the level of respect, the Food Safety Officer marks the food business with one of the following:
- Compliance (C)
- Non-Compliance (NC)
- Partial Compliance (PC)
- Not Applicable/ Not Observed (NA)
As per Section 32 of the Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006, the Food Safety Officer may issue an improvement notice depending on the grade the food business has achieved. The Officer, after offering the licensee an opportunity to show cause, may cancel the license if the operator fails to comply with the improvement notice. Any operator aggrieved by an improvement notice may file an appeal with the State Commissioner of Food Safety. The decision could be challenged through an appeal to the Food Safety Appellate Tribunal.
|Food quality that is not in compliance with the Act||
INR 2 Lakhs
For Petty Manufacturer: INR 25,000
|Sub-standard food||INR 5 Lakhs|
|Misbranded Food||INR 3 Lakhs|
|Misleading advertisement or false description||INR 10 Lakhs|
|Extraneous matter in food||INR 1 Lakh|
|Failure to comply with the direction of the Food Safety Officer||INR 2 Lakhs|
|Unhygienic processing or manufacture of food products||INR 1 Lakh|