Any food establishment or the food business operator whose annual turnover is upto 12 lacs has to obtain a registration certificate which can be obtained from either the state authority or the municipal authority as notified by the commissioner of food safety.
But the food catering services in the establishments and units under the Central Government Agencies like Railways, Air and Airports, Seaports, Defence etc. whose annual turnover is upto 12 lacs have to go for the central licensing and such food business activities are not covered under criteria of the registration certificate.
An application in form A along with a photograph, requisite documents and a fee of 100/- shall be submitted with the registration authority for the grant of registration certificate. The authority will carry out the inspection and will either grant or reject registration certificate. If no communication is received from the registering authority within thirty days, the applicant may start his business without waiting any further communication.
The registration certificate shall be displayed at a prominent place. The food business operator (under registration criteria) has to follow the guidelines on the general hygienic and sanitary requirements, prescribed under part – I of schedule 4 of ‘The Food Safety and Standards (Licensing & Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011’.
Some of the common requirements to be fulfilled by the catering or the food service establishment:
Location of the food business unit should ensure that it is free from external pollutants.
Adequate storage arrangement in a hygienic condition
The cooking/processing methods should ensure fresh food, free from any contamination
Stalls, counters etc must be kept clean and all food handlers should maintain good personal hygiene
Delivering of packaged food should ensure that only fresh food should be packed and the containers should be free from dust and other articles.
The penalty for unhygienic or unsanitary processing/manufacturing of the food artcle is upto one lac.
Penalty for carrying food business activity without registration – Fine of upto Rs. 2 lacs.
Penalty for obstructing a food safety officer from doing his duty or giving false information – Imprisonment of upto 3 months plus a fine of upto Rs. 1 lac
Penalty for obstructing a food safety officer from doing his duty or giving false information – Imprisonment of upto 3 months plus a fine of upto Rs. 1 lac & for giving false information – Imprisonment of upto 3 months plus a fine of upto Rs. 2 lacs