Do I need a food license for a small-scale dry fruit and nuts repacking and selling? If yes, how do I proceed?

FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) established in 2006, handles all the food related issues in various Ministries and Departments. FSSAI License is mandatory for all the Food Business Operators in India. The FSSAI is an autonomous organisation formed under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Indian Government. FSSAI Registration is used for Food safety and grant permission to any individual to carry on food business in any parts of India. To start any food business, one should register in FSSAI Portal and get the FSSAI license. The food license is specific to a particular location and also term bound. FSSAI is a body that governs and look after all the matter of the food business in India. FSSAI is 14-digit number. It is mandatory for each and every business operator of food who are engaged in the processing, manufacturing and sales of food products should have the FSSAI registration done.

The FSSAI License serves as an assurance to the customers that the food that are served is healthy, nutritious, and also safe to consume. One need to have a food license registration to run a small-scale dry fruits and nuts repacking as well as selling business. If the small-scale dry fruits and nuts repacking business has an annual income of more than Rs. 12 lakhs, then one need to have a basic FSSAI License Registration. If the small-scale dry fruits and nuts repacking business has an annual income of more than Rs. 20 crores then one need to have a State FSSAI License. In case, if the small-scale dry fruits and nuts repacking business has an annual income of more than Rs. 20 crores then one need to have the Central FSSAI License Registration.

After receiving the FSSAI License for the small-scale dry fruits and nuts repacking business it remains valid for between 1-5 years depending on the nature of the license. The FBO should apply for the renewal of the license thirty days before the FSSAI License get expired. Moreover, the labels of dry fruits and nuts must contain the following details and they are:

  1. Product Name.
  2. Food content.
  3. Presence of any additives and preservatives.
  4. Nutritional value.
  5. Expiry date.
  6. FSSAI Logo and license number.

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