FoodSafetyHelpline experts replied to the recent queries:
Question: I am planning to open a fresh coconut water stall in a mall for this summer .what kind of license is needed for this.thanks in anticipation?
Answer: You need to register your business under the Food Safety & Standards Act. If your expected annual turnover is upto Rs. 12 lacs then you need a registration certificate and if you expect that the annual turnover will be more than Rs. 12 lacs then you need to apply for the license.
You can apply online or can contact the licensing/registration authority of your concerned area.http://foodsafetyhelpline.com/2014/07/online-procedure-licensingregistration-food-businesses/
Question: We wish to import dietary food supplement product for treatment of advanced macular disease? We are new in this. Please guide us.
Answer: If in case you claim that your product is for the treatment of diseases then it can not be treated as a food product and it will become drug so you have to apply for the drug license. But if it is a food product then you have to apply for the food product approval system from FSSAI (food regulatory body in India) and after your get and approval by authority then you can further apply for the license.
You can further read on Food Product Approval System:http://foodsafetyhelpline.com/2014/09/step-step-guide-online-food-product-approval-system/
Question: How to get the renewel of FSSAI licence?
Answer: For renewal, you have to apply atleast 30 days prior to the expiry of your existing license. You can do it online or you can contact the designated officer of your area concerned.
Question: I am starting Packaged Tea business. I am not manufacturing but only trading. So Should FSSAI License is required for my business?
Answer: Yes, you have to apply for the food license from the food authority as food license is mandatory for all food business activities.
Question: For non-retail food products (raw materials for food industry) – is there need of Nutritional information, Veg & Non-Veg logo?
Answer: As per Food Safety & Standards Act, Rules & Regulations, the labelling guidelines apply to prepackaged food products. Nutritional information is not required for a single ingredient food. The guidelines for Veg & Non-Veg logo will also apply as per the food labelling regulations. Only exemption for not declaring the discussed information on the multipiece packages but the labelling information should be available on the wholesale packages.
Question: A am manufacturer and marketer for others’ product. For manufacturing I obtained central license. For marketing of the others’ products, do I need to obtain any license? If I have Branch Office More than one state then only, can I obtain the Central License for my Register Office.(i.e. KRG Agencies H.O in Tamilnadu, It must have branch office in the same name in other states like Kerala, Karnataka etc.)
Answer: You can apply for only one license and can club all the food business activities but the premises have to be the same. If you have multiple locations of your food business then you have to apply for the separate license for separate locations. The Central license is required for the Head Office/Registered office. But if you are operating in multiple states then you need to apply for the separate licenses for each of the location and the licensing criteria as whether you require a Central License or State License would be based on the turnover/production capacity.
Question: Sir, we are producing packaged drinking water and supplying the same to other party for sale. We are having our head office in Gujrat but production unit is stated at some other place in MP. I want to know which address i should give for central licence (Head office address or production plant address) and in which category Packaged drinking water comes?
Answer: For packaged drinking water unit, a mandatory BIS license as per IS 14543 is required to be taken. You can check for more details on http://www.bis.org.in/cert/requirementsis14543.htm. For food license as per FSS Act, Rules & Regulations, you have to apply for the Central license for your Head Office plus individual licenses for separate locations in different states as per the licensing criteria based on the production capacity. You have to file your application in Category: Manufacturing/Processing including sorting, grading etc.