CS Mohit Saluja
For the better life of a human being, the good food is the one of the key factor which provides the proper quantity of vitamins, carbohydrate and other nutrients to a person. Hence, the Government keeps an eye over such traders/ manufactures/ venders who deal in any type of food items. For this Government passes the various laws, rules, regulations from time to time. Food Safety and Standard Act is one of the same. This Act was enacted to “Consolidate the laws relating to food and to establish the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import, to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.” Thereafter one of the Regulation passed by the Central Government in 2011 known as “Food Safety and Standard (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011”. These regulations came into force on August 5, 2011. These regulations generally deal with registration of venders, manufacturers and other traders who deal in sale, purchase of various food items.
WHO SHOULD APPLY FOR LICENSE
All Food Business Operators including Petty Food Business Operators like Retailers, hawker, temporary stall holders, venders, supplier, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors or any other persons who deal in food items in any kind, are required to get registered with the Licensing Authority prescribed under the act and to get the license under the act in specified cases. Following categories of persons also required to get them registered or to get license, as the case may be:
Meat Processing Units, Dairy Units, Vegetable Oil Processing Units
All food processing units including re-labelers and re-packers, Storage and Warehouses which store any type of food items
Wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers, venders, distributors, suppliers, caterers, Boarding houses, Banquet Houses, Home based Canteens/ Dabba Wallas, Permanent/ Temporary stall Holder, Food stalls/ Arrangements in Religious gatherings/fairs etc. , Fish/Meat/Poultry shop/Seller or any other food vending establishment, club, canteen, hotel, restaurants, transports, marketer,
100% Export Oriented Units, Proprietary Foods, Importer of any food items etc.
Types of Registrations
There are three types of Registrations:
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: For applying the registration or for getting license under State or Central Government, following documents are required:
A Declaration from applicant that all the requirements have been fulfilled and declaring that all the information provided by him are true to the best of his knowledge.
TENURE OF REGISTRATION/ LICENSE: License/ Registration can be applied for 1 to 5 years. Means applicant can apply for 1 year or for 2 years or may be for 5 year. After the expiry of period for which the applicant had applied the license/ registration, the applicant needs to apply the license again as a renewal license/ renewal registration.
If the applicant has applied for Registration and his turnover exceeds 12 Lakhs or the production increase more than the UNITS specified for State License, the applicant must proceed for State License.
FEES FOR REGISTRATION: Fees as specified by the department has to be deposited into the specified Banks while applying for Registration/ License.
Type of Forms for applying under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006
Form A: Application form for applying for Registration/ Renewal of Registration
Form B: Application Form for applying License/ Renewal of License
Form C: License Form given by the authority/ Department