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What are the permissions and licenses required to sell food products in India?


Manyatha Gupta

Boss Lady

The food industry is an industry that doesn’t easily get affected with most of the financial crisis because no matter what happens in the economy, people still pursue consuming the food items. Indian culture is highly classy and diverse, which results in multiple colors of food in every nook and corner of the country. That is why the food industry is one of the ‘sunrise industries’ in the economy, which is rapidly growing every single day.

But the process of initiating a food industry is not as simple as we expect it to be. The legal confirmations and requirements are complex since it is a matter of public health as well. We don’t want our effort and money to go vain after we have decided or established a food industry because of any legal requirements or traps. There are certain legal permissions or grants that are required to run your business without any hindrance.

Here are some of the permissions needed for the food industry.

  1. FSSAI Food Safety And Standards Authority License  

    All the food products and services provided to the public are legally given clearance by the Food Safety And Standards Authority of India. This license, generally called ‘food license’, is legal permission granted by the government to sell and trade food products under certain protocols. This specific license gives assurance to customers that a product with the 14 digit number verification from FSSAI is clean and trustworthy under the safety and health laws of the Indian government.

  2. Health/Trade License
  3. The health trade license gives the business permission to compliance their products and services directly with the customers assuring their safety and health. A Health Trade license is issued by the Municipal Corporation or the health department of the State in which the business carries out its trade activities.

  4. Eating House License
  5. This license also governs the trade of food products with the public under certain conditions. An eating-house license can be obtained from the State Police Commissioner.

  6. Liquor License
  7. If your food venture serves liquor, then obtaining the Liquor License is an obligation. This can be received from the Local Excise Commissioner, and the information is available at the respective State Government websites.

  8. Shop And Establishment Act
  9. If you are starting a food or restaurant business, the shop and establishment Act documents are required. Even if it is a small venture or big one, this license is a must. You must register your business within 30 days of starting the business.

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