To start any kind of food business in India, one should have a Food License according to the Indian Government. FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) is an independent body which is formed under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, by the Indian Government in 2006. Food License is needed because it promotes and protects the health of the public through the rules and regulations of food safety. The headquarters of the FSSAI is located in New Delhi.
There are basically three types FSSAI license present in India the first one is the Central FSSAI License, the second one is the State FSSAI License and the third one is the Basic FSSAI License. Every food business operator must register their business before starting any type of food business in India by obtaining a FSSAI License. The FSSAI is responsible for maintaining the safety as well as standard the quality of the food produced by the organisation.
There are certain rules of the Indian government to start a food business are:
i) FSSAI License: The FSSAI License is mandatory before starting any type of food business in India. The FSSAI License is needed because it promotes and protects the health of the public through the rules and regulations of food safety.
ii) Health Trade License: This license from the local municipality is compulsory for operating a food business in India because the rules of the local municipality vary according to which state they are in.
iii) GST Registration: Every new food business has to get the GST Registration done in order to start their food business in India. The GST was introduced in India on 1st of July 2017.
iv) Shop and Establishment Registration: All the food business operators of India have to obtain this registration done to operate their food business.
v) NOC from the Fire Department: The food business operator has to obtain a NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the Chief Fire Officer for the commencement of their food business.
vi) Labour law Registration: In India there is more than 20 labour law legislation presents. This is another important registration needed for operating a food business in India.
vii) Pollution clearance certificate: It is considered that from food business pollution occurs from the cooking process as well as washing of food waste. So, a FBO needs a pollution certificate from the State Pollution Control Board to operate their food business in India.
To apply for FSSAI License in India, one should follow the rules made by the Central as well as State licensing authorities. Then it shall be accompanied by a self-attested declaration. After that there will be through inspection and later license shall be issued after two months. Now, if any operator is applying for the renewal of the license, have to apply prior to 30days of the expiry date of the license.