Updated on: Oct 20th, 2022
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A canteen means a food venture usually established inside premises, like colleges, schools, hospitals, companies, etc. The varieties of food available in these canteens vary based on the business scale. They serve food at a lower price when compared to restaurants and hotels.
A canteen can be run by a company, association or an individual. They need to obtain permission from the premises owner to run their business. They also need to have an FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) license before they start the business. FSSAI ensures that they serve the best food quality.
Canteens are popular, especially amongst office-going people and college students. The safety of food served in canteens depends on the preparation process and quality of ingredients. Many canteens are situated in open-air areas, such as the rooftop of business premises, and are thus exposed to dirt. They were known for maintaining low hygiene standards as only two to three people were preparing and serving food.
FSSAI ensured that canteens satisfy the essential food safety and health requirements. An FSSAI license makes it binding upon the canteens to maintain the food standards. Thus, all canteens, including those in industries and different government offices and departments, must mandatorily obtain an FSSAI license to manufacture and sell food.
FSSAI license makes it mandatory for canteens to follow the Food Safety and Standards Act, rules and regulations and deliver quality food to customers. Without an FSSAI license, operating a canteen is illegal.
The types of FSSAI license that a canteen must obtain differs based on the turnover, which is as follows:
The procedure to apply for FSSAI Registration or License by a canteen situated inside premises is as follows:
The canteen owners can also apply for FSSAI registration/license offline. They should visit the food safety commissioner’s office or food safety officer-in-charge and get the FSSAI registration form, fill it and submit the same with documents. The FSSAI authorities will examine the form and grant the FSSAI Registration/License Certificate.
The documents required for obtaining FSSAI Basic Registration are:
The documents required for the FSSAI State License are:
You can start a canteen business by tying up with industries, companies or schools. You can open a canteen in a business or industrial premises. You need to obtain the FSSAI license to start a canteen business.
Yes, if you want to sell homemade food to the public, you will require an FSSAI license.
Following is the checklist for obtaining an FSSAI canteen license:
The requirements for obtaining the FSSAI license are as follows:
FSSAI License for industrial canteen is an FSSAI license obtained by canteens running inside industries. There was improper and deficient nutrition for the industrial workers. Most factories and industrial units had shabby canteens with barely nutritious food. Thus, in 2006, FSSAI made it mandatory for industrial canteens to meet basic health and safety standards by obtaining the FSSAI License.
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