FoodSafetyHelpline replied to the following recent queries:
Question: Is it necessary to get license to sell homemade baby food? These porridge powders for babies are manufactured by my parents and sold locally from generations. Now I want to start it online and need your advice.
Kindly guide me if it is necessary to get license. If so, as these are prepared at our home kitchen, what are the conditions expected for the license? Can we get it for the address of our rented house?
Answer: Yes, you need to apply for the license/registration of your food business as you are very well under the ambit of food Safety & Standards Act, 2006. For manufacturing/processing capacity is upto 100 ltr/kg per day then you need to apply for the registration certificate and if it is more than 100ltr/kg then you have to apply for the license under the FSS Act. You can show the rented premises as your food business location. The manufacturing/processing area should be ideally located from any external influence besides maintaining the sanitary & hygienic conditions. The food manufacturing/processing are should be dedicatedly allocated for the particular food activity which we believer would not be possible in a home kitchen.
Now, there is an online procedure for license/registration. Click here to read more.
Once you obtain a registration certificate then you have to follow the FSSAI guidelines on the sanitary & hygienic conditions as stated in Schedule 4. You also have to follow the FSS (Packaging & Labelling) Regulations 2011. And most important; you need to check for the list of ingredients and the formulation of the baby food, to verify that you are conforming with the standards as defined under FSS (Food Products Standards & Food Additives) Regulations, 2011.
Question: I am going to start a food product business in ghaziabad which we sell through hawkers like sanitized quality walls ice cream cycle riksha, so please guide me how to take licence in gaziabad & to whom I have to contact.
Answer: FSSAI had introduced an online procedure for applying for the license and you can apply through online. Your can apply online: FSSAI licensing & Registration
Question: Why we need product approval? When we need product approval?
Answer: Please go through the following link for video recording: Food Product Approval
Question: If we make homemade jams and pickles in small quantities to sell, we only need a registration it seems – can this be done online or is a trip to the state/regional authority still necessary. Also how long does it take to get the registration certificate?
Answer: You can apply online for license/registration of your food business as there is an online procedure by FSSAI for the same. Whether you need registration or a license would depend upon the production capacity of your manufacturing unit. If your production capacity is upto 100 ltr/kg per day, then you need registration certificate and if your annual turnover is more than 100 ltr/kg per day then you will have to apply for the license. You can read more for the information on registration & licensing in the following urls: