FSSAI Registration of Petty Food Businesses

All Petty Food Business Operators (FBOs) are required to register themselves with the appropriate authority by submitting an application (through online means) under Schedule 2 of the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations 2011.

Define Petty Food Manufacturer:

Chapter 1 of “FSS Regulations 2011” defines the “Petty Food Manufacturer” in the following way:

  1. The FBOs who
  • Manufactures/sells food products either himself or 
  • petty retailers/hawkers/itinerant vendors/temporary stallholders, or 
  • who distributes food, including in any religious or social gathering.(It does not include a caterer);
  1. small scale or cottage or tiny food businesses or such other food business having 
  • Annual Turnover up to Rupees 12 lakhs; and/or
  1. FBOs whose production capacity (other than milk/milk products/meat and meat products) is 
  • Up to 100 kg/liters per day; or
  1. FBOs whose procurement, handling and collection of milk is 
  • Up to five hundred liters of milk per day; or 
  1. FBOs whose slaughtering capacity is 
  • 2 large animals or 
  • 10 small animals or 
  • 50 poultry birds a day or less.

The process to obtain registration for Petty FBOS as per Schedule 2 of the FSS Regulations:

Step 1: Submit an application in Form A along with a fee as provided in Schedule 3. 

Step 2: Petty food manufacturers must follow the basic hygiene and safety requirements as mentioned in Schedule 4 and provide a self-attested declaration in this regard as provided in Annexure-1 under Schedule 2. 

Step 3: Here is what the Registered Authority may do:

  • Grant registration or
  • Reject the application with reasons recorded in writing or 
  • Issue inspection notice, within 7 days of receipt of an application for registration. 

Step 4: In case inspection being ordered:

  • The authorities, after being satisfied with the safety, hygiene, and sanitary conditions of the premises, may grant registration within a period of 30 days, or
  • If Registration is not granted/denied/inspection is not ordered within seven days/no decision is communicated within 30 days, the FBO may start its business.

Note that it will be the duty of FBO to comply with any directions of the Registered Authority issued later. 

Provided that the registration cannot be refused without giving an opportunity of being heard to the applicant and reasons have to be recorded in writing. 

Step 5: The Registration Certificate along with the photo ID card must be displayed at a prominent place at all times by the FBO, as issued by the Registering Authority.

Step 6: At least once a year, the appropriate authority/any officer/agency authorized for this purpose, shall carry food safety inspection of the establishments registered by FBO.

Mandatory documents for the Registration:

  1. Photo ID of the FBO.
  2. Rental Agreement or Utility Bill of the premises.
  3. Deed of Partnership / COI
  4. List of food products.

Exemption from Registration:

A producer of milk who is

  • member of a dairy Cooperative Society registered under the Cooperative Societies Act and
  • Either supply or sell the entire milk to the Society

are exempt from getting this type of registration.

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