Food Safety Helpline answers queries on Food Safety Regulations
Question: Are GM Foods Safe?
Answer: So far, GM Foods are not allowed to be used for human consumption in our country.
Question: Is FSSAI License No. required for Sweet shop/Bakery shop?
Answer: Yes, Food License/Registration is required for running a Sweet Shop, Bakery Shop, Confectionery etc as they all are covered under the Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006.
Question: Is it required to get the central license if a single manufacturing unit is in one state but marketing or selling in all over India?
Answer: If you are operating your food business in multiple states and having premises/establishments for managing operations & marketing activities then you certainly require a Central License for your Head Office and separate licenses would be required for different locations. If you would require a state license or a central license, that would depend upon the annual turnover of that particular location.
Question: Is FSSAI Lic. No. required for wholesale and retail markets?
Answer: Yes, it is required. Click here to read more.
Question: We are collecting natural forest herbs and doing processing like drying, grading, and packaging & labeling… Do we want to understand the procedure to obtain the FSSAI license?
Answer: First of all, it is required to see if your herbal product is considered a food or a drug. If it is a drug (for medicinal use) then it shall be covered under the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940. If it is a food then it will have to be registered under the FSS Act, 2006. To know more about it, you can listen to the video recording of the draft regulations on Nutraceuticals.
Question: As I am doing the business of loose Cow Milk. Is FSSAI License is essential? What are Docs required to get FSSAI?
Answer: Selling Cow Milk is a Food Business Activity and you have to apply for the License/registration under the FSS Act, 2006. There is an online procedure through which you can apply for the license.
Question: I want to start the dairy business. At the initial stage, I will milk cow in my shed and will sell at the market. Now following are my questions:
1) Do I need to register my company first before applying for the license? And under which category I need to apply?
2) Since I am taking out milk at my shed and selling it in the market, do I need to get two licenses for production and selling?
Answer: 1) Yes, you have to register your business (Proprietary, Partnership, Company etc) and then you can apply for the License/Registration under the Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006.
2) Separate licenses will be required for separate premises; if you have more than one location then you have to take separate license/registration for each of the locations and if you are managing from one location then you have to obtain only one license/registration. If you are distributing and using your own transport then a separate license for the registration of your vehicles will be required.