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Frequently Asked Questions on FSSAI Seller Registration

Why do I need FSSAI License?

FSSAI Certificate or License is a mandatory document required for doing any kind of food business, whether it is small scale or large scale.This restriction is laid down in Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006. Under FSSAI, there are three kinds of Licenses - Central FSSAI License, State FSSAI License and Registration. The criteria is defined in Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Business) Regulations, 2011.

Why FBA food seller requires FSSAI License with Amazon Fulfilment Centre address mentioned in “Address of Authorised business premises”?

As per FSSAI regulations, every food business operator shall conduct food business from premises under a licence/registration only. Since FBA seller carries out retail business from Amazon Fulfilment Centre, therefore FSSAI License is required for its address.

Why should ‘Kind of Business’ field in the FSSAI License be Retailer?

As products are ‘Sold by’ seller from Amazon Fulfilment Centre, it is mandatory to choose Kind of Business field as ‘Retailer’ in FSSAI License.

Why each site should have different FSSAI License with different number and registration?

FSSAI License is a premises based license, due to which the seller who is selling on Amazon needs to get separate FSSAI for each Fulfilment Centre (FC), inter or intra state.

What are the requirements on your FSSAI License for selling food products from FC?

  • FSSAI License should be in your name/your company name. Seller's Legal name on seller central should match with the Legal name in your FSSAI License.
  • In the FSSAI License for Fulfilment Centre, the address should be in the field number 2, i.e. Address of Business Premises. Also, Fulfilment Centre address on the license should match with the requested Fulfilment Centre's address on the portal.
  • In the FSSAI License for Fulfilment Centre, Kind of business field should be ‘Retailer’.
  • FSSAI License should be valid and not expired. The remaining validity of FSSAI License should be more than 2 months. The License/Registration Number present on the top of the document must be valid when verified with the FSSAI Government Portal
  • The 'scope' of the License should include all food products and/or food product categories that you intend to sell. In case of Proprietary Foods, the term ‘Proprietary Food’ should be specified against the food product category/sub-category.

What is required from an FBA seller dealing with food products?

  • Please apply to State Food Safety Authority on ’Form B’ for State License, with Kind of Business specified as ‘Retailer’ and FC address in Address of Business Premises
  • Please mention all the food products intended to be sold in the Application Form B
  • Please use the GST certificate with FC address as ‘Proof of doing business’ for submitting to State Food Safety Authority
  • In the event of the GST certificate not having the FC address but the Seller’s Principle address. The Seller should have the Fulfilment Centre address first incorporated as Branch address or Additional Place of Business (APOB) as the case may be in some states and use that to give “proof of premises” along with the application.
    Note: If the seller is a proprietor, then Form 9 pertaining to the Nominee has to be filed along with the application. The Seller has to fill in details of his own organisation representative or Proprietor himself.

What is the next step after getting FSSAI License for FC premises address as APOB with Kind of Business as Retailer?

After getting the FSSAI License, please follow the below mentioned process to get the FC enabled for FSSAI related products:

  • Please create a PDF file, which should include FSSAI License and signed self-declaration form.
  • Please upload the file in Upload FSSAI option under Upload Documents section as a part of adding Fulfilment Centre to your account.
  • Please click on Complete the application

After this, Amazon team will verify the documents and will confirm when the FC is approved.

What do I need to do after FC is approved? Can I send the food related products to FC?

To send any food related product to the FC, you shall have approval to sell foods under Grocery category and Food Supplements under Drugstore Category on Amazon. This step can be initiated in parallel and is not dependent on FC approval. To get approval to sell food related product under these categories, please click here.

What happens when my FSSAI license expires?

As per the FSSAI regulation, each food business operator needs to apply for FSSAI renewal 30 days before the expiry of the current food license. It is your responsibility to get the FSSAI license renewed well in time before it gets expired and share the details of renewed license with Amazon Seller Support. If you fail to do so, then your listings will be removed until you get a valid FSSAI License.

Where am I supposed to update the FSSAI License number?

We request you to update the FSSAI License Numbers. Kindly enter the same in the About Seller page, located under Your Information and Policies Tab. In the page, kindly enter the number in the text box as: “FSSAI License No: 123456789”, and click save.

For more details and the product specific requirements, please refer to the pages below:

You may reach out to the following consultants on SPN (Service Provider Network) to seek assistance with FSSAI registration:

Disclaimer: Please note that if you choose to retain a service provider, then you will be contracting directly with that provider, which will be providing services to you at your direction. Amazon does not endorse any service provider or its services. Any price shown on the SPN page in a converted currency are presented for your reference only and the service providers may charge you in a different currency or amount, plus any applicable taxes.

Please refer to the sample FSSAI License below.

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