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FSSAI Food License

What is an FSSAI License?


FSSAI License stands for Food Safety and Standards Authority of India license. It is a mandatory requirement for food businesses in India to ensure food safety and hygiene standards are met. The FSSAI license is issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), a regulatory body established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. 

This license certifies that the food business operator complies with the regulations and guidelines laid down by FSSAI regarding food safety, hygiene, and quality. Businesses involved in food manufacturing, processing, packaging, storage, distribution, and sale need to obtain the FSSAI license to operate legally in India.

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What are the Benefits of FSSAI Food License?

Legal Compliance

Obtaining an FSSAI license ensures that your food business complies with the legal requirements set forth by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. It helps avoid penalties, fines, or legal action due to non-compliance.

Consumer Trust

Displaying the FSSAI license instills confidence and trust among consumers. It assures them that the food products they purchase meet safety and quality standards, thus enhancing your brand reputation.

Market Expansion

With an FSSAI license, you can expand your business operations to new markets, including retail chains, supermarkets, and online platforms. Many retailers and distributors require FSSAI-compliant products, giving you access to a wider customer base.

Competitive Advantage

Having an FSSAI license sets you apart from competitors who may not have obtained the necessary regulatory approvals. It demonstrates your commitment to food safety and quality, giving you a competitive edge in the market.

Business Credibility

The FSSAI license serves as a mark of credibility for your food business. It assures stakeholders, including suppliers, partners, and investors, of your adherence to food safety standards, fostering trust and long-term relationships.

Access to Government Schemes

Some government schemes and initiatives require food businesses to have a valid FSSAI license to qualify for benefits such as subsidies, grants, or support programs.

Who can apply for an FSSAI Food License?

Food Manufacturers

Companies or individuals engaged in the production or manufacturing of food items such as packaged foods, beverages, dairy products, confectionery, etc.

Food Processors

Entities involved in processing, preserving, or packaging food products, including canning, freezing, drying, or bottling operations.

Food Distributors and Wholesalers

Businesses engaged in the distribution, wholesale, or supply of food products to retailers, restaurants, hotels, or other establishments.

Food Retailers

Retail outlets, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, and online platforms selling food products directly to consumers.

Food Importers and Exporters

Companies involved in the import or export of food items, including traders, exporters, and importers of food products.

Caterers and Food Service Providers

Catering services, canteens, restaurants, hotels, cafes, and other food service establishments serving prepared or cooked food to consumers.

Food Transporters and Warehouses

Businesses engaged in the transportation, logistics, or storage of food products, including transporters, logistics companies, and warehouses handling food items.

Food Packaging and Labeling Units

Entities involved in the packaging, labeling, or repackaging of food products, ensuring compliance with packaging and labeling regulations.

Document Required for FSSAI Food License

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Role of Shamkris and Process of FSSAI Food License


Shamkris adopts a results-oriented approach to compliance with mandatory licence requirements in the organization. A simple and guidance methodology help organisation to achieve licence in a timely manner and cost-effective. Shamkris support 100% in advisory, Guidance, Compliance with respect to license requirements to obtain approval.

The License process described below:

Advisory for the document required

Preparation of documents as per application & list of documents.

Application File

Inspection by the department if required

Liason department

License issued

Yearly Compliance if Applicable

Renewal when due

Who can issue the FSSAI Food License?


An FSSAI Food License is a mandatory registration required for all food businesses in India as per the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. It ensures that food products comply with safety and quality standards set by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

Any individual or entity involved in the manufacturing, processing, packaging, storage, distribution, or sale of food products must obtain an FSSAI license. This includes food manufacturers, processors, distributors, retailers, caterers, and importers/exporters.
  • FSSAI licenses are categorized into three types:
    • FSSAI Basic Registration
    • FSSAI State License
    • FSSAI Central License
  • The type of license required depends on the size and nature of the food business.

The validity period varies depending on the type of license:

  • Basic Registration: 1 to 5 years
  • State License: 1 to 5 years
  • Central License: 1 to 5 years

Yes, an FSSAI license can be renewed before its expiry date by submitting a renewal application along with the required documents and fee. It is advisable to initiate the renewal process well in advance to avoid any lapse in compliance.

Operating a food business without an FSSAI license is illegal and may result in penalties, fines, or even closure of the business. It also poses risks to public health and consumer safety.

FSSAI conducts regular inspections, audits, and sampling of food products to ensure compliance with food safety standards. It also provides guidance, training, and support to food businesses to maintain hygiene and quality standards.