Food Safety Helpline Experts replied to the following queries:
Question: I understand that FSSAI license is required for Tea Trading. If we have the FSSAI license for the tea, can we sell it from our retail outlets directly by weight (weighing in front of customers) instead of individual packing of 50/100/200 gm. If required, the teas can store in big Jars/big fancy cans…. having FSSAI logo/ MRP/ manufacturing and expiry dates.
Answer: There are no restrictions on selling Tea in loose form, however, retail premises should be licensed from the food authority and you need to follow the conditions of the license. If you are selling tea in prepackaged form then you have to comply with all the labeling guidelines as discussed under FSS (Packaging & Labelling) Regulations, 2011.
Question: I want to start packed ATTA (Flour) business. Pls, suggest me which license I have to acquire and which local department/authority I have to contact. I am a resident of U.P.
Answer: Registration Certification is applicable when the annual turnover is up to 12 lakhs and if the turnover exceeds Rs. 12 lakhs per annum then a license is required to be obtained.
You can use the below link for online license/registration
For local assistance, please use the following link:
Question: What does it actually mean by food grade packing material? Is it polymer migration only?
Answer: The Food Safety & Standards (Packaging & Labelling) Regulations, 2011 have specified the regulations relating to the packaging of the food materials. Click the below link to read more on this:
Question: How one will identify that the silver leaf which is purchased from the market is pure or not?
Answer: There are guidelines under the food safety regulations which need to be followed by the manufacturers of the silver leaf (Chandi ka wark) and the manufacturer will be held responsible if these guidelines are not being properly followed.
Question: For a pickle in oil, can the salt percentage be less than 12%?
Answer: No standards for the salt percentage in oil for pickle have been prescribed under the FSS Act, Rules & Regulations.
Question: We are starting a whole Wheat Atta production to sell it in India & export as well. Do we need to get FSSAI registration Or license also? What is the difference between license & registration? We purchase Atta from others and do repack & selling. Then what is exactly required in our case?
Answer: You have to apply for the License/Registration under the FSS Act, 2006. In case of a manufacturer, a license/registration for processing unit needs to be obtained. For repackaging & distribution, the license/registration for the marketer, distributor, supplier etc (Depending on the nature of the business) needs to be applied for. For 100% export of the food articles, the food license for export from the central food authority will have to be obtained. If in case, you are buying stock & repacking in your own brand name then it would need a license for Marketing of the food product.
Question: We are just starting a business of FOOD (banana chips) but we don’t have any idea or guidance about how to apply or where to apply for the registration and which type of license is required in initial level. What documents are required for application?
Answer: There is an online procedure for the licensing & registration of food businesses, you can use the below link:
Question: I am applying for a state license for dairy products manufacturing with a processing capacity of up to 50,000 ltrs. per day. The confusion in filling the form arises at the stage when we fill the quantities of various products like chhach, lassi, paneer etc. The quantities (to be filled in tonnes) – do we need to fill the output quantity of each product or the quantity of milk used in making these products? The reason for the confusion being, with 50K of milk per day we can make up to 1 lac liters of chaach or lassi per day since water is added to make it. Now does that take us out of the state criteria?
What is the maximum quantity in tonnes per year that is allowed under state criteria for all milk products combined?
Answer: The calculation for the processing capacity will be based on; how much quantity of liquid milk is being handled in the respective premises per day. As per the state licensing criteria – 501 to 50,000 LPD of milk or more than 2.5 MT to 2500 MT of milk solids per annum. As per the central licensing criteria – More than 50,000 liters of liquid milk/day or 2500 MT of milk solid per annum
Question: I have been issued a registration certificate but my name is appearing instead of my company name in which I have applied for the registration. Do, I need to request for the modification?
Answer: You can contact the respective registration authority and they may do the needful.
Question: Is it possible for a product to have a green dot and still have some non-veg origin additive?
Answer: If in case, there is a food additive (non-veg origin) which has been used in the food product then that food product cannot be claimed as Veg. Food and you can go by the definition of the non-veg food as discussed under FSS (Packaging & Labelling) Regulations, 2011 which says;
“Non- Vegetarian Food” means an article of food which contains whole or part of any animal including birds, freshwater or marine animals or eggs or products of any animal origin, but excluding milk or milk products, as an ingredient;
Question: I want to sell pickles in a local market. Is it necessary to get the certification?
Answer: For any kind of food business, a license/registration is required from the food authorities. Registration Certification is applicable when the annual turnover is up to 12 lakhs and the if the turnover exceeds Rs. 12 lakhs per annum then a license is required to be obtained. Now, there is an online process for licensing & registration.
Question: What are the documents required for the surrender of the license???
Answer: You need to inform the food authority and they will do the needful.