What is enforcement of FSS Act, 2006?
Responsibility to ensure compliance of FSSAI Act, 2006 rules and regulations made by the Food Service
Is there any provision of transferring FSSAI license?
If a FSSAI license holder is deceased, the license can be shifted to the heir or the legal representative of
the dead person. The representative or the family member must apply to the concerned authority to
transfer the license in his/her name.
Do I require FSSAI license if I am selling homemade stuff online on a small scale?
Yes, you do require an FSSAI registration if you have a business on a small scale and the turnover is
between 0-12 lakhs.
What is the penalty for violation of regulations associated with the labeling on food items?
The highest penalty regarding violation of regulations associated with the labeling on food items is up to
Which types of complaints are addressed to the FSSAI or State Authorities?
Some of the complaints related infringement of the provisions of Act and Regulation are:
- Adulteration of food
- Food poisoning
- Misleading labeling or packaging
- Misleading advertisements
- Registration and licensing related complaints
- Artificial products
- Substandard quality of food products
If I am selling more than one food product, do I need license for each of them?
Yes, you need to obtain a separate license for each product you are selling.
Do I need to get Basic FSSAI registration or State or Central license?
FSSAI registration depends on the turnover and the type of business. Usually, if your annual turnover is
below Rs 12 lakhs, then you need to acquire Basic Fssai Registration. Else, you need State or Central
What is the validity of my FSSAI Registration/license?
The validity of FSSAI registration varies from 1 to 5 years. A person needs to apply for FSSAI renewal
I am a Food Caterer operating in a railway stations. Do, I require FSSAI State license?
All the Food Caterers operating at the government establishments such as railway stations and airports
require FSSAI Central License.
What are the criteria for FSSAI Central license for the transporters of the food products?
Vendors with a turnover less than 30 crore and owning up to 100 wagons, require FSSAI State License.
Those with turnover more than 30 crore and owning more than 100 wagons require FSSAI Central
Under what circumstances they can suspend the license?
If a food service operator fails to abide by an improvement notice, his license may be canceled.
Under what circumstances can they do cancel the license?
If a food business operator fails to comply with the improvement notice, authority can cancel the license
after giving the licensee an opportunity to show cause.
In what circumstances application will be rejected?
If the required information is not provided within the stipulated time of 30 days, Licensing Officer can
reject the application
What is a food recall and what is its purpose?
“Recall” means action taken by the Food Service Provider to withdraw any food item from market,
which is not complying Section 28 of FSS Act, 2006.
Which license is required by a FBO to run a business in more than two states?
A Food Business Operator operating in more than two States has to acquire Central License for its
registered Office and separate license for each units depending upon the turnover from the concerned
State/ Central Licensing Authority.
Who will issue license to food business operators under railways premises?
FSSAI license for food under Railways premises are issued by the Railways Designated Officers.
Who will issue license to food business operators under Airport/Seaport premises?
FSSAI license for food under Airport/Seaport premises are issued by APHO/PHO.
Do medical stores need to get a license if they are selling dietary foods and Neutraceuticals?
All Food Service Operators including medical stores have to acquire FSSAI License.
What is the validity period of License?
According to Regulation 2.1.7 (1) of FSS Regulations 2011, a license shall be valid for a period of 1 to 5
years as chosen by the Food Business Operator. The validity will start from the date of issue of license.
What are the labeling requirements of Imported Food Items?
Labeling requirements of Imported Food Items are mentioned under Food Safety and Standards
(Packaging and Labeling) Regulations, 2011, Food Safety and Standards (Import) Regulations, 2017,
other FSS Regulations and other labeling requirements are mentioned in various guidelines issued by
FSSAI from time to time and all of them are available on FSSAI website.
In which language, labeling particulars need to be declared?
English or Hindi in Devnagari script
What is Balance Shelf life?
Balance shelf-life is the period between the date of import and “Best Before” or “Date of expiry”.
What is Shelf life?
“Shelf life” is the period between the date of manufacture and the “Best Before” or “Date of expiry” as
printed on the label.