Before starting a food business in India, every FBO has to register their business by obtaining a FSSAI license. The FSSAI, as its name suggests is in charge of maintaining the safety and up to standards quality of the eatables produced by organizations in accordance with the FSS(Food Safety and Standards) Act, 2006. Like we mentioned before, before commencing any business activity related to food and beverages it is advisable to obtain the FSSAI license.
There are 3 types of FSSAI License:
(1) FSSAI Basic Registration:
Small businesses or startups which have an annual turnover under Rs. 12 Lakhs are expected to do the FSSAI basic registration. Small food manufacturers and people in the food business can get their license from the state government by submitting the needed documents.
(2) FSSAI State License:
The FSSAI State License has to be taken by mid-sized companies that have an annual turnover
within Rs. 12 Lakhs to Rs. 20 Crores. Small and medium business entities like food producers, transporters, marketers, retailers, and food processing units need to get a food license from the State Government.
(3) FSSAI Central License:
Large businesses that have a yearly turnover higher than Rs. 20 Crores are needed to take the FSSAI Central License. Large businesses require to get the FSSAI Central License in case such businesses are required to provide food products at government offices or have to import/export food products. Large scale food units and business operators like export-oriented units, large manufacturers, importers, and food agencies who provide food in railways, airports or ports must get their food license from the central government.
Source Extract – FSSAI India