Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) regulates the safety of food products available to the public in India. It ensures that the Food Business Operators (FBOs) are manufacturing quality food products with healthy food storage and handling practices within their premises.
FSSAI issues the food licenses to the FBOs certifying the safety of the food products for consumption. Every food license has a 14-digit license number. that has to be affixed on the food product packaging along with the FSSAI logo. Anyone can check the validity or status of the FSSAI license number from the 14-digit license number displayed on the food package or premises.
FSSAI License Number
All FBOs have to display the 14-digit license number received at the time of grant of the FSSAI license certificate for their food business at a prominent place in their business address or premises. The 14-digits of the FSSAI license number is divided into five sections.
Each section of the FSSAI licence number states the FSSAI authorities some information about the FBO and distinguishes it from the others. The five sections of the FSSAI license number are as follows:
Section 1 – It includes the first digit. It indicates whether the food business has received the FSSAI registration/license or not.
Section 2 – It includes the second and the third digits of the license number. It indicates the state code in which the food business is registered and operational.
Section 3 – It includes the fourth and fifth digits of the license number. It indicates the year in which the food business received the FSSAI license.
Section 4 – It includes the sixth, seventh and eighth digits of the license number. It indicates the quantity of enrolling master.
Section 5 – It includes the last six digits of the license number. It indicates the unique license number of the FBO.
Process for Checking FSSAI License Number
The steps to check the validity and details of the FSSAI license number of an FBO online are as follows:
Step 2: Click on the ‘FBO Search’ tab on the homepage.
Step 3: Enter the license number, captcha and click on the ‘Submit’ button.
Step 4: The FSSAI license details will appear on the screen, as shown below.
FSSAI License Number Details
The details displayed when an individual checks the FSSAI license number online is as follows:
License type (State License or Central License).
Validity (whether active or inactive).
List of products of the FBO.
FSSAI Licence Number Guidelines
The FBOs must display the 14-digit license number that they obtain from FSSAI on the packaged products.
FSSAI also issues the FSSAI logo to the FBOs that they must display on the packed food products. The font and colour of the FSSAI logo and license number should be contrasting the background colour of the packaged food products so that they are clearly visible.
The FSSAI license number needs to be produced before the authorities while importing a product into India.
The measure of the alphabets, letters, and digits should be in accordance with the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulation, 2011.
Display of the FSSAI logo and the license number on the food products indicates that the FBO has a legitimate license in compliance with the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
The FBOs must put the license number on the food premises/addresses of the various units of the FBO.
The FBOs must display Food Safety Display Boards at their premises having the license number and colour code for different sectors.
FBOs should display the logo and license number on their products until the validity of their FSSAI license, i.e. maximum of five years.
The FBOs need to renew their FSSAI license within 180 days before its expiry period and display the logo and license number after its renewal.
All food businesses should mention the FSSAI license number on purchase invoices, cash receipts, bills, cash memos, etc. However, there is an exemption for mentioning the FSSAI license number on the GST E-way bills and other government documents that are system generated.
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