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Grocery & Gourmet Foods

For certain high sensitive categories like food, ASSPL has a high bar for sellers to list products on Amazon.in. In order to ensure that our customers are able to buy food products with confidence on Amazon.in, we have implemented additional compliance checks for sellers. The requirements for selling in the Grocery & Gourmet Food category reflect customer concerns about product quality, product branding, and consumer safety.

Sellers must meet the requirements listed below to sell products in the Grocery & Gourmet Food category. Once you have reviewed the category requirements, you can apply for approval by clicking the Request approval link.

In order to sell Grocery & Gourmet Food on Amazon, you must submit the following:

Mandatory requirements: All the requirements/documents listed in serial no. 1 to serial no. 5 are mandatory for every food product/product type.


  1. FSSAI Licence, in compliance with below requirements:
    • FSSAI Licence should be in your name or your company name.
    • FSSAI Licence should be valid for more than 2 months at the time of requesting for approval.
    • The 'scope' of the licence should include all food products and/or food product categories that you intend to list on Amazon.in. In case of "Proprietary Foods", the term 'Proprietary Food' should be specified against the food product category/sub-category.
  2. Display your FSSAI Licence Number on your Amazon storefront.
    • As per FSSAI regulations it is mandatory for a seller to display FSSAI Licence number on an e-commerce marketplace.
    • Please click here to update your FSSAI number; or learn how to display FSSAI Number on your Amazon.in storefront
  3. List of ASINs/products that you are applying to sell, their shelf life, storage temperature, if products are organic, imported etc. as per this template.
  4. Food Declaration as per this template.
  5. Images of the products in accordance to the guidelines mentioned in Imaging Guideline for Food ASINs help page and listing shall be in accordance to style guide grocery style guide
  6. Valid Purchase Invoice [Resellers only].

Additional requirements: Please refer to the below table to understand the additional document requirements for certain food products/product type.

S.No. Product/Product Type Additional Listing Requirements
I Imported Products All side images of the product or its packaging clearly displaying all the text
II Organic Food Product ‘National Programme for Organic Production’ (Organic Food Product NPOP) certificate or Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India). In case of imported products, certificate of approved organic certification body of that country/region
III Chocolates Declaration on your letter head that you will ship chocolates using gel packs so that chocolates do not melt during transit
IV Condensed Milk Valid BIS Certificate – IS 1165
V Standard Grade Skimmed Milk Powder Valid BIS Certificate – IS 13334 (Part 1)
VI Extra Grade Skimmed Milk Powder Valid BIS Certificate – IS 13334 (Part 2)
VII Packaged Drinking Water Valid BIS Certificate – IS 14543
VIII Packaged Natural Mineral Water Valid BIS Certificate – IS 13428
IX 1Temperature Sensitive Food Products Invitation Basis only [Please refer footnote 1]
X 2Dry Fruits (Almonds, Cashews, Raisins, Figs, Walnuts, Dates, Pistachio, Pine nuts) Lab test to be carried out in a NABL accredited laboratory notified by FSSAI with valid scope of Biological and Chemical testing (For lab list, please refer to the Order Notice issued by FSSAI or follow the link https://www.fssai.gov.in/cms/food-laboratories.php

As per FSSAI Food Safety Standards (Food product standards and Food Additives) Regulations (Appendix B), and Food Safety Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulations, following tests are required for Dry Fruits from FSSAI notified NABL accredited laboratory.

(Please refer footnote 2 for lab test parameters)

XI Product Shelf life As per FSSAI regulations Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulation, 2011, the minimum remaining shelf life of any product sold through e-commerce platform should be at least 30% or more when a customer receives the product. This is to ensure that customers receive fresh product and not expired/near expiry products.

1Temperature Sensitive Food Products

Listing and sale of ‘Temperature Sensitive Food Products’ is through an invite-only model at this point. Invited sellers are allowed to list ‘Temperature Sensitive Food Products’ only after physical verification of necessary licences/documents/QC processes in accordance with the guidance provided in the schedule 4 of the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Regulations, 2011 and involves an intensive process.

2Dry Fruits Lab Test Parameters

Test Parameter (Contaminant) Unit of measurement Specifications Limit
Heavy Metals

Lead mg/Kg or ppm Maximum or NMT 2.5
Copper mg/Kg or ppm Maximum or NMT 30
Arsenic mg/Kg or ppm Maximum or NMT 1.1
Tin mg/Kg or ppm Maximum or NMT 250
Cadmium mg/Kg or ppm Maximum or NMT 1.5
Mercury mg/Kg or ppm Maximum or NMT 1
Methyl Mercury mg/Kg or ppm Maximum or NMT 0.25
Aflatoxin
Aflatoxin Microg (µg)/Kg or ppm Maximum 10
Microbiological
Total Plate Count / Aerobic Plate Count cfu/gm Maximum or NMT 40000
Yeast and Mold Count cfu/gm Maximum or NMT 100
Salmonella Cfu/25 gm Absent
Listeria monocytogenes Cfu/25 gm Absent
E.Coli Cfu/25 gm Absent
Vibrio cholerae Cfu/25 gm Absent
Pesticide Residues

Malathion mg/kg or ppm Maximum or NMT 8
Ethion mg/kg or ppm Maximum or NMT 0.1
Carbendazim mg/kg or ppm Maximum or NMT 0.1
Benomyl mg/kg or ppm Maximum or NMT 0.1

Next steps

If you are able to meet all of the requirements listed above, then please click on the Request for approval link below. By clicking on the link you are confirming that you have reviewed the requirements above and that you want to apply to sell in the Grocery & Gourmet Food category. We will contact you to request for additional required information after you submit your request to sell.

If you need any help in getting licences, testing, and certifications, then you can avail services from qualified third-party service providers for your product testing, product certification, inspection, and audit requirements.

Request for approval

Note: By applying to sell these products, you certify that all the materials which you submit in conjunction with your application are true, authentic and accurate and you will adhere to the Grocery & Gourmet Food Listing Policy

Amazon may remove your selling privileges for failure to meet the requirements.

Fulfilment Mode: MFN, Easy ship or FBA.

  • No additional documents are required for shipping through MFN and Easy ship.
  • FBA: If you want to use FBA services for shipment, then Amazon requires additional documents. You need to have FSSAI Licence for FC (Fulfilment Centre) premises address as APOB with kind of business as Retailer. Please refer here for more details (Appendix 1).

Please refer to the Grocery FBA On-boarding process for more details on the registration process, additional document requirements, APOB details, the list of available FCs (Fulfilment Centres), etc.

Please contact Seller Support if you are unable to submit your application or need any additional details.


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