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FSSAI registration is mandatory for anyone involved in the food business. Be it food processing, food manufacturing, packaging, or distributing, you need to get an FSSAI registration to run your business.

The registration/license is issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), an institution that monitors food businesses under the guidelines and regulations listed in the FSSAI Act 2006.

If your business falls in any one of the below-listed categories, then a food license is mandatory for you:

  • Procurement.
  • Manufacture.
  • Distribution.
  • Processing.
  • Packaging.
  • Storage.

FSSAI license is to be complied separately for each Godown or place of Food storage. Fssai number must be compulsory printed or written on Invoice copies and Sign Boards.

Types of FSSAI License in India

According to the FSSAI Act, 2006 all food businesses are required to be registered/licensed under the following 3 categories:

FSSAI Registration.

It is the primary kind of food license issued for businesses that are small in turnover – up to ₹12 lakhs approximately per annum.

Catering businesses irrespective of their turnover have to apply for a state license and not a basic FSSAI registration.

FSSAI State License.

Companies that have a profit greater than ₹12 lakhs and less than ₹20 crores per annum require a state license.

FSSAI Central License.

The central registration is for bigger businesses that have a turnover of over ₹20 crores per annum.

Companies that supply food to government offices/departments and businesses involved in food import/export have to get a central license as well.


Document list for State & Central License.

  • Proof of address of business.
  • A passport-sized photograph.
  • A list of directors or partners.
  • A certificate of incorporation.
  • The MOA and AOA of the business.
  • An identity proof that contains a photograph(pan card  & Aadhaar card).
  • No objection certificate from the local municipality or  trade license.
  • Self declaration will be prepared by client filing and will be shared for signatures.

Manufacturing Units

Including the above-mentioned documents, manufacturing units have to submit the following documents as well:

  • The blueprint of warehouse, plant, etc.
  • A list of all machinery.
  • Report of a water test.
  • List of all food categories.


Material details for filing of the Annual FSSAI Returns?

 Every FBO must provide the following data in the form while depositing FSSAI annual returns: 

 Name details of the food products which are manufactured or handled or sold or imported or exported.

 Countries or ports details from where the products are exported. 

 Size of the bottle or can or any other package or bulk package.

 Quantity in Metric Tons.

 The value The selling price per Kilogram or unit of packaging.

 Quantity of imported or exported (in Kg) Rate per unit or Kilogram of packaging C.I.F/F.O.B.(Free on Board).


Entities exempted from FSSAI Annual Return.


Fast food .

joints Canteens. 

Grocery stores  .

Penalty for delaying the filing of Annual FSSAI Returns.

As per Section 2.1.13 (3) of, FSSAI, 2011, any delay in filing a return beyond 31st May of each year shall attract a penalty of Rs. 100 per day of the delay.


Irrespective of the previous year's production, all the Food Business operators need to file FSSAI Form D-1. FORM D-1 is an annual return, which can either be filed electronically or in the physical form specified by the Food Safety Commissioner.

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