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Food License Renewal

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(Food License) is a necessary license that all Food Business Operators(FBOs) need to acquire. Despite whether you are a food manufacturer, producer, wholesaler, retailer, importer or exporter the Food license is lawfully compelling on you, as stated under the Food Act of 2006. Food license assures the quality and safety of your food products. The licence is given in the form of 14-digit number which requires to be printed on the packaging of your food products.

In order to run a food business, an Food registration is of most important. Once you have obtained a license it becomes equally essential to apply for the Food renewal to stay in business Food. The license requires to be renewed periodically.

There are particular points to retain in mind when addressing Food license renewal.

  • The license must be renewed 30 days before its expiry.
  • The expansion of the renewal is also for 1- 5 years. The cost of renewing will also increment depending on the expansion period.
  • If one fails to renew the license before its expiry, then he or she will be imposed Rs. 100/- every day from the day of expiry till the renewal.

How to renew food license?

In India, Food License is indispensable for food business operator. It must be obtained by the Manufacturers, storage units, transporters, distributors, retailers, petty hawkers etc. Before commencing the food business, Food license must be obtained from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. Not only obtain, but Food License is equally important to be renewed within the time so that you would be able to continue to operate the business legally and comply with the Food regulations.

The initial validity of the food license which is chosen by the food business operators can be 1 year up to 5 years and accordingly the fee is decided. As prescribed under Food guidelines, every food business operator has to apply for renewal of the food license 30 days before the expiry of the current food license.

Food License Renewal after Expiration

If you want to continue with your food business, Food license renewal is not optional, but compulsory. You must renew your license before the expiry of the date. In the case of crossing the renewal time i.e more 30 days before the expiration date, a new application for an Food license has to be registered.

Food License Procedure for Renewal

The following is the system for the Food license renewal

  • The Form A i.e Basic Food registration or Form B i.e Central or State Food registration and Form C following the former license is to be given along with few self-attested Food license documents and declaration.
  • Once the filled application has been taken, the concerned professionals will analyse it. If required your business premises will also be examined to assure the legitimacy of furnished data.
  • On being assured of your business operations, a license shall be circulated in your favour.
  • The renewed Food license must reach you within 60 days.

Even if you don’t get a reply from the authorities within 60 days, you can maintain running work as usual.

Steps for Food License Renewal

  • Step 1: Visit our portal from your browser.
  • Step 2: Log in to you Food account that you created during registration.
  • Step 3: Tap on the option that states -Apply for renewal of the license.
  • Step 4: A list of links must seem out of which you require to tap on the one that applies to you.
  • Step 5: Confirm renewal by taping on the OK button on the confirmation pop- up.
  • Step 6: Attach and upload the demanded documents.
  • Step 7: Save the recently gained reference number for future tracking and knowing the progress of the Food license renewal.

By grasping these steps, one can simply renew their Food license online. The method is very relatable to the steps for Food registration.

Related to that of the Food registration process, the candidate must make sure that he or she must apply and submit the Food renewal form and related documents before the completion of the tenure of the Food food license.

Documents Required

Basic Food License renewal after expiration

To appeal for Food registration renewal, you need to have all the mentioned documents.

  • Passport size photograph of the candidate
  • The ID proof of the applicant (Voter ID card or Aadhar Card)
  • Copy of PAN card
  • Address Proof (Telephone bill, Mobile bill, Electricity bill, Gas bill)
  • Copy of property papers in case you own the business place
  • Copy of Rent agreement along with the NOC letter from the landlord

Central / State Food License renewal after expiration

Aside from filled Form B and properly signed following is to be given as an attachment to the Form for Food License Renewal:

  • Photo of Partner, Director, Authorized Signatory or Applicant
  • Directors List with their ID proof
  • Address proof of the Partner, Director, Authorized Signatory or Applicant
  • Layout plan of the food processing unit
  • Food category list for manufacturers
  • Authorization letter by the manufacturer
  • NOC from the municipality or local body if any
  • In the case of the applicant is a manufacturer the name and number of equipment as per installed capacity and horsepower is to be provided
  • Partnership deed or a copy of MOA and AOA.
  • Possession proof is important (Electricity bill, sales deed etc.) (in case of central license)
  • A cancelled cheque.

Note that in the case of Central Food License renewal apart from the above following is also required:

  • Ministry of commerce certificate for 100 % EOU
  • Proof of turnover
  • The analysis report of water which will be used in the food
  • IEC documents issued by DGFT

Penalty for Non-Renewal of Food License

If the FBO declines to apply for renewal of the Food Food license within the directed time limit, a fine of Rs. 100 shall be forced for each day of delay. If the Food license is not renewed within a defined time, then the license is recognized as expired and the FBO has to appeal for a new license if they want to stay or restart their business. Therefore, it is advisable to renew the Food license on the time and usually for evading penalties.

Consequences of Non-Renewal

It is always advisable to choose a proactive approach when it comes to Food license renewal. Failure to do so will be punished. You are expected to apply during the 30 days prior to the expiration date for which you will be notified. The result of ignoring or forgetting the renewal process is the penalty costs of Rs. 100 per day levied on account of neglect in compliance.

Food License Validity

The legality of your food license in India is directed to the number of years for which it was taken at the time of registration. Usually, this extends from 1-5 years. Fines will be inflicted if you forget Food registration renewal, so it is always suggested to hold a check on the Food license expiry date. At the time of registering for the Food License, you may choose for how long you want to obtain the Food License. The fees for the Food License also change as per the number of years determined for Food registration. Every FBOs should begin its food business only after receiving the valid Food license. To maintain the business it is expected to be renewed before the expiry of the Food License validity.

If your food license expiry is close stay observant and identify you have to appeal 30 days before the registration Expiry date.

Renewal of Food Safety Certification

The Food Saftey Certification is a permission that products and processing in the food supply chain reach the food safety standards. It is based on the results of inspections and audit gives assurance to the consumer as an organisation’s product are being fully assessed against trusted national and international industry standards by a qualified third body. It involves product certification and organisational certification. A certification is strategic resources in the marketplace that represent a sign of high food quality and safety to consumers.

The biggest benefit of having a food safety certificate is that it is believed that the quality and the control on the food hazards are taken care of and the food offered by such a business is reliable to be consumed. Certification of an organization as per the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points is one of the means of assurance that the certified organisation has completed the food safety management system and has complied with all the rules, activities, products and services in line with the organisation’s food safety policy and the terms of ISO 22000.

It is usually estimated that a food safety certificate does not last permanently and they require to be renewed. There is no legal provision for the renewal of food safety certificate. But, employers must be able to prove that their employees have been well trained, especially in the case of something going wrong that is why food safety certificates are usually taken as necessary by the food industry. And without an up-to-date food safety certificate, it is hard to prove adequate training. Hence, renewal of such food safety certificate is also supposed essential. As a general rule, the food industry standard needs the food safety certificate to be renewed every 3 years.

Important Things to Know About Food License Renewal

When renewing your Food license, there are a couple of things that you must keep in mind:

  • The fee amount for renewal of the Food license is dependent on the selected number of years. The higher the years, the more will be the fees. The maximum renewable period for an Food license is for five years.
  • The Food license renewal form ‘C’ needs an attestation with a self- declaration copy along with the license fee for the stipulated years and other documents.
  • For renewal, there is a requirement for a photo identity proof, which can be in the form of Aadhaar card, driving license, voter’s ID card or passport.
  • If the applicant has not received their renewal of the Food license after completing the procedure, then he or she need not wait for it. The applicant can immediately resume business.
  • The applicant can track the progress and status of their Food renewal via the reference code which they received on completing the renewal application.
  • This must not be confused with the reference number received during the Food registration process*
  • On completion of the Food renewal process, the applicant food business will be under inspection, which shall be done by the representative authorities. Once the applicant has passed the inspection, he or she is given the all-clear signal to carry the business without any further worries. Purpose of the inspection is to ascertain compliance of the norms of the Food license.
  • Other than failure to renew in time, there are no additional penalties or charges. If the applicant can ensure to renew his or her Food license in proper time, he or she can continue business operations without any hindrance.

Frequently Asked Questions

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