Selling of home-made food items without a licence, registration will cause a fine of Rs 5 lakh.
During this pandemic time, due to major job loss and struggles with finance, a lot of people started to make a living by selling home-made food items, cakes etc.
For sellers and small household food start-ups selling food items without a licence or registration will lead to a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh, along with imprisonment for up to six months.
Licence is issued for food units by the State Food Safety Department, as per the directions of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
Since August 5, 2011, the law has been in force, but with lockdown and the COVID crisis, people are understanding the consequences of violating this law.
There have been 2,300 registrations of home-based businesses since March 2020.
For food units with sales ranging above Rs 12 lakh, a licence is mandatory and for those with revenue below this amount, proper registration is compulsory.
For Registration, one can reach the site of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India through Akshaya Kendras. The procedures are simple and easy; registration can be done by uploading the photo and photo ID.
The manufacturer is solely responsible for maintaining the quality of the water and food ingredients used. If the required criteria are not meet or in case of a complaint, food safety officers will conduct an inspection and fines will be levied accordingly-
- Rs 5 lakh fine and imprisonment for up to six months, depending on the nature of the offence.
- Rs 3 lakh fine for selling items without any label
- Rs5 lakh fine for selling items with substandard quality.
Imprisonment and penalty will be declared depending on the nature of the offence (selling adulterated food).