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FSSAI Food License For E-Commerce

FSSAI Food License For E-Commerce

As per the guidelines, there are two types of E-commerce business models.

  1. Market-Based model of E-commerce: E-commerce platforms facilitators to the buying and manufacturer/marketer/seller. It is a connection with the brand owners and the consumer via electric means.
  2. Inventory-Based model of E-commerce: where services and food stock right away selling to the end consumer by the owner of e-commerce food business operator

 

E-Commerce business operators in the market

  • Digital platforms that have the list of services to all the manufacturers, sellers, restaurants, etc., on their online platform, these platforms are used to facilitate similar-structured commerce operations.
  • Organizations which only deliver food, come under the definition of an E-commerce FBO as they extend the facility of storage and giving its distribution services to the sellers. It also covers transportation from the seller or manufacturer to the end consumer directly.
  • In some cases, the brand owners/producers/manufacturers or sellers are the face of products or services (food catering, packaging, or processing) directly, for direct sales to the customers through either inventory based or market-based e-commerce platform.

FSSAI Food License For E-Commerce

As per the guidelines, there are two types of E-commerce business models.

  1. Market-Based model of E-commerce: E-commerce platforms facilitators to the buying and manufacturer/marketer/seller. It is a connection with the brand owners and the consumer via electric means.
  2. Inventory-Based model of E-commerce: where services and food stock right away selling to the end consumer by the owner of e-commerce food business operator

 

E-Commerce business operators in the market

  • Digital platforms that have the list of services to all the manufacturers, sellers, restaurants, etc., on their online platform, these platforms are used to facilitate similar-structured commerce operations.
  • Organizations which only deliver food, come under the definition of an E-commerce FBO as they extend the facility of storage and giving its distribution services to the sellers. It also covers transportation from the seller or manufacturer to the end consumer directly.
  • In some cases, the brand owners/producers/manufacturers or sellers are the face of products or services (food catering, packaging, or processing) directly, for direct sales to the customers through either inventory based or market-based e-commerce platform.

What is FSSAI E-commerce license/registration?

In 2011, FSSAI directed all the e-commerce food business operators to have an FSSAI food license mandatorily. It is covered within the first schedule of the said regulatory body to obtain a license for their operation. The central licensing authority issues such licenses. Recently in 2018, after the viral video of zomato delivery boy came, FSSAI issued some new guidelines saying that all e-commerce businesses need to have only trained delivery agents for last-mile delivery. It is done to ensure food safety and security. The E-commerce food servicing business is increasing rapidly, and FSSAI receiving complaints and not registered companies. Due to which FSSAI directed all the e-commerce food businesses to be compliant with the regulations. In addition, we need to resolve the complaint within the specified timeline.

Food items like groceries, packages, food, etc., are sell online, for which now a business owner requires an FSSAI license.

What is the necessity of FSSAI registration/license for an E-commerce food business?

Many incidents reported against e-commerce food businesses enforced FSSAI to take strict action and form guidelines for such companies. Many people are running towards these online portals rather than offline purchases. Maintaining the food quality delivered in every order, ensuring safety, and providing satisfaction to every customer is the basic aim of introducing an FSSAI e-commerce license/registration.

How to get an E-commerce FSSAI license/registration through QSEK

Step1: contact the agent in QSEK; fill the form given, along with the provided list of documents

Step2: on your behalf, our employee would contact FSSAI and filled a form

Step3: wait for a minimum of 7 to a maximum of 15 days, depending upon the type of license or registration

FSSAI license for E-commerce business basic information

Registration requirements

 

 

Listing requirements on food-related websites/ online portals

Documents required for E-COMMERCE FSSAI license

Advantages of FSSAI license for E-commerce business

  1. FSSAI license could instill confidence in your customers ensure the safety requirement of the food products and services through any online portal.
  2. It would automatically increase customer boarding.
  3. It is easier to expand the online business over different cities by it, leading to growth in the services.
  4. It would help in manufacturing, regulating and storing imported food.

Liabilities of E-commerce food business operator

Every seller/manufacturer/vendor/brand owner must comply with the basic sanitary and hygienic practices mentioned in schedule 4 of food safety regulation 2011. The E-commerce food business operator should immediately delist food products that do not comply with the FSSAI guidelines.

Penalties for any compliance

Running any food business online (manufacturing, sales, distributors, etc.) which need to have FSSAI food license/registration but does not apply for it is a punishable offence as per FSSAI guidelines. There is a punishment for about six months and a fine of fee INR 5 Lakh.

 

FSSAI Licensed Food Registration Steps for E-COMMERCE

You need to follow these simple steps for FSSAI Registration:

FAQs

Which FSSAI license is mandatory for the E-commerce food business?
Every E-commerce business needs to have a central license from the concerned central licensing authorities.
Yes, for re-selling any homemade or any packaged food item, an FSSAI license is required.
As per the guideline of FSSAI, yes, I need to have for grocery selling as well. If the business is small and coming under the registration category, then registration under FSSAI is enough. Otherwise, the license is mandatory.
As per FSSAI guidelines, every food business operator must apply for FSSAI renewal 30 days before the expiry of the current food license.
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