Why Food License/FSSAI License is mandatory for food businesses

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FSSAI/Food Licensing for food business

My food blogging journey started with reviewing the restaurants. Starting a restaurant or any food business requires lot of preperation and getting the food licence is one of the critical and mandatory step to start the food business. This article will give insight about what is FSSAI and why it is required.

Abbreviation:

FSSAI is the abbreviated term for “Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.”

FSSAI Rules & Regulations

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is also commonly known as FSSAI which is an agency of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. The FSSAI is accountable for safeguarding & encouraging public health for purpose of regulation & supervision of food safety.

FSSAI controls all types’ food business operators in a country & also has hand over powers at a number of levels to any other designated authorities like the FDA to speed up the process of allowing registration or licenses.

What is food business License?

A Food Business Operator License is a license granted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 has made it mandatory for the entities involved in activities related to entity to carry on such activities related to any stage of manufacturing, processing, packaging, storage, transportation, distribution of food, import & includes food services, catering services, sale of food or food ingredients etc.

Who is required to obtain a license under FSSAI regulation?

FSSAI Registration or License is obligatory for all kinds of entities that are running a food business. Anyone who is handling, processing, manufacturing, selling and also serves, stores, distributes transports or imports food, generally known as Food Business Operators (“FBO”). It is also applicable to a street food vendor.

Why is Food Business Operator License required?

  • There are several intentions why Food license is required
  • For the safety of consumers or people who are ultimately consuming the food.
  • This license can be used as an effective marketing tool so as to boost your business.
  • Also with the purpose of make the sure good quality of food in your business and for the benefits 1 from government actions on non-compliances.
  • Food is proving that they have the FSSAI license, which can give you an added advantage of a solid and an increase in the customer base.
  • When the time comes for the business to go for expansion in different areas or outlets, one can easily do so with the usage of your FSSAI license.
  • Moreover, the license can also make it easier for one to get bank loans & for funding which is required for expansion.
  • FSSAI Logo can also be used in the menu cards & pamphlets to make publicity your food’s superior quality over others etc.

Services require the food license

A Food business is engaged in manufacturing, import, & processing, packaging, storing or distributing food. It also offers the following types of services:

  • Restaurants
  • Catering Services
  • Bakery
  • Sweet shop
  • Cafe
  • Warehouse
  • Homemade Food Business such as homemade chocolates, homemade pickles, jams, etc.
  • Food Truck
  • Food Tech etc.

A food business needs to fulfill with several laws & regulations and to obtain licenses to carry out its services and sell its products in India.

Penalty & Offences under FSSAI regulation: Inter alia are:

Purpose Amount
Not having FSSAI license Imprisonment for a term which may extend to 6 months and also with fine which may extend to Rs. 5 Lakh.
Food Quality issues up to Rs. 5 Lakh if foods sold do not match the required quality standard
Substandard food Penalty up to Rs. 5 Lakh
In case of death not less than Rs. 5 Lakh penalty
In case of serious injuries penalty up to Rs. 3 Lakh
In case of other injuries penalty up to Rs. 3 Lakh

 

Validity and renewal:

The validity for Food License remains from 1 to 5 years. An FBO can choose according to his convenience the number of years for which he has to take the License.

According to FSSAI guidelines, every single person with FSSAI License have to apply for renewal at least 30 days prior to the expiration of the validity of existing license. In case the License is renewed after the expiry time then a penalty would be imposed. Therefore, it is advisable to renew the Food License on time in order to avoid penalties.

 

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Restaurant Review: Genuine Broaster Chicken, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

Finally, Navi Mumbai has a good new addition of Genuine Broaster Chicken in the list of casual dining restaurants. Genuine Broaster chicken is a 60 year old US brand. They have opened their outlets in India and the best part is that they have tied up with Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi, yes the “Namak Shamak” chef to curate a special “Indian-nized” menu. So, I was really looking forward to #getbroasted.

 

Ambiance:

Talking about ambiance, the place has funky, innovative interiors with caricatured tables, plants in helmets, beautiful lights, etc, etc. Board games are also available so that you can enjoy them also along with good food, music and drinks.

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Mocktails:

Coming to drinks, the Mocktails we tried were Kokum Twister which I liked because it is a fizzy drink with the taste of kokum sharbat (popular in maharastra), next was Palang Tod which is very contradictory to it’s name because this drink is capable of keeping you awake all night, it is a strong combination of Redbull and Coffee shots so don’t blame me for your sleepless nights after having this. The Coco Mango Mojito was average didn’t like it much but the show stealer was the Chocolate Wreak Freakshake. It is simply Wow! Oreo, Kitkat, waffers blended together with chocolate and presented beautifully.

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You can take the kitchen tour at Genuine Broaster Chicken and see the working of pressure fryer like how they make amazing fried chicken in just minutes. The fried chicken cooked under pressure fryer absorbs much lesser oil compared to the normal frying. I have also uploaded the video my Youtube Channel. Do check it by clicking the link below.

Food:

We tried the Broaster platter which had 2 pieces of each – the legendary chicken, happy fried chicken and hot masala chicken. The best  among them was happy fried and hot masala. Spicy, crispy, juicy chicken pieces fried and cooked to perfection and to make it taste even better it is served with 3 different dips.

SavoryTales Review: Genuine Broaster Chicken, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

The Assorted Wings Platter with six varieties of chicken wings was served. Smoked BBQ & Mushrooms, Butter garlic and Kung Pao were my favorite ( still drooling). And don’t miss the Lamb Rogan Josh Burger which is Harpal Singh’s special item. It is served with fries, these red colored soft bun (naturally colored) with flavorful minced lamb patties and sauces is simply awesome.

Under the grilled chicken section we tried Cheese & Lemon peppery flavored chicken served with rice, fries and butter garlic sauce. The chicken pieces are succulent and have pleasing buttery peppery flavor.

In dessert, I had two of my favorites together chocolate samosa with mango ice cream. The crispy chocolate samosa was complimenting the mango ice-cream very well. The Gulkand Muffin is a very unique dish and is also Chef’s special so give it a try.

SavoryTales Review: Genuine Broaster Chicken, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

I am happy that they have opened their branch in Vashi, Navi Mumai and  it is a perfect place for good food with drinks and good music.

 

 

 

 

Genuine Broaster Chicken Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Other review of restaurants of Navi Mumbai:

Flavors, Sanpada

7th Heaven, Mumbai

The Koffee Works, Kharghar

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Review: Flavors, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai

I used to see this restaurant Flavors while going to Vashi, near Sanpada Railway Station and I was planning to go there and finally it happened last Friday. We (Me and S) went for lunch to this place. We got the parking easily and it didn’t seem to be an issue at that time. We went around 1 pm and the place was quite full.

I don’t know why but I always judge the restaurant at first place by the ambiance which has not always been the right approach because I had some amazing food at average or no ambiance restaurants also. But, as usual, the place was analyzed again on this parameter and I liked it this time at the first place only because the beautiful decor, perfect lighting and comfortable sitting space impressed me.

We started the meal with some beautiful looking and totally ” Hatt-ke” (different) Mocktails.

Mocktails:

Icy Lemon was a beautiful blue colored mocktail and it had a very refreshing taste of lemons. It became my favorite in the first sip itself. Next was Chatka Mary ( interesting name .. isn’t it?) This is a crazy spin to the Bloody Mary where the tomatoes are replaced by sweet- spicy guava juice with some lime. The rims were coated with salt and red chili powder and full “khatta-meetha-teekha” combo this one was. Kala Khatta Mojito was another beautiful colored mocktail which was served to us and was a notable combination of the kala khatta and mojito. I liked the taste of this mocktail and enjoyed sipping it. The last one was Green Chilli Mojito.. (Yes ! you read right) an attractive bright green color mocktail was is a unique combination of green chilies, lime, and mint.

Flavors, sanpada, navi mumbai
Flavors, sanpada, navi mumbai

 

Starters:

This is my favorite part of the meal because I am a big fan of dry and tandoor items more than the gravy dishes. The starters were served with a variety of dips and sauces. I liked the starters here more because they were beautifully presented. Murg Hazarvi Kebab was delicious pepper flavored chicken kebabs. The chicken pieces were succulent, spicy and perfectly cooked. Panner Hilltop was served on a BBQ equipped serveware were the paneer tikka was placed on top and the bottom section was filled with burning charcoal which was like a live BBQ. The paneer pieces were soft and this green colored tikka was stuffed with spinach and green peas filling. Veg Kurkure is something that you should not miss. Crispy fried vegetables served beautifully with honey and chilli sauce. Paneer Lotus was beautiful flower shaped fried pastry sheets stuffed with spicy paneer filling which was crispy and yummy. The BBQ chicken was tasty with chicken cooked in BBQ sauce. The Bikarneri Seekh Kebab is a good option for the vegetarian lovers but I found it a bit dry due to the cottage cheese I guess and you need some chutney or dip to accompany it.

Flavors, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai
Flavors, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai
Flavors, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai
Flavors, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai

Main Course:

As I mentioned above I absolutely loved the way they presented the food and the quantity is fulfilling too. I would like to mention especially the Singaporian rice served with Prawns in Oyster sauce. The rice was nicely cooked, flavorful and it was presented in a bamboo container. I loved the Murg Musallam which was rich and creamy chicken gravy with minced chicken pieces and was downright delicious. The Subz Diwani Handi was good too and Paneer Lababdar was kind of ok nothing special. The meal was served with Roti ki tokri which had assorted bread right from missi roti, tandoori roti and naan.

Flavors, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai
Flavors, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai

Dessert:

I think this is the favorite part of the meal for everyone. Since we were already full after such an elaborate meal so we decided to conclude the meal with the hot sizzling brownie. I love that sizzling sound of the chocolate sauce and it’s such a treat to eyes to watch it in front of you. It was absolutely delicious and with moist brownie, vanilla ice-cream and hot chocolate sauce.

Flavors, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai

The service is another thing I would like to mention here. The staff were quick and well aware about the menu items. They left no stones unturned to give us the best service.

They have an ongoing BBQ festival so check out their Zomato and Facebook page for more details.

This place has an amazing variety to offer to all veg and non-veg food lovers. This restaurant is indeed a good option for the residents of Navi Mumbai or anyone who is visiting this part of the city.

“My opinion and words are not biased and the review is totally based on my experience at the restaurant. But rightly said, “Food is subjective and everyone has own taste” so kindly exercise your own discretion, with the understanding that this is reviewer’s personal opinion.”
Flavors Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Review: 7th Heaven, Mumbai

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My idea of spending Sunday varies, sometimes I am in the traveler’s  mood and sometimes I love lazing around at home. Such lazy Sunday becomes more special when a box full of happiness arrives at your place. By box full of happiness I mean a box full of tempting, beautiful looking pastries, cupcakes, brownie and savory treat like cheese croissant, veg coleslaw sandwich.

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The good folks of 7th Heaven, which is one of the leading cake and dessert chain were courteous enough to send me some of their delicious bakery items. 7th Heaven has 17 branches all over Mumbai including Andheri-Lokhandwala, Nerul, Vile Parle, Malad, Goregaon and many other locations.

The box contained lots of toothsome items which were irresistible and made me finish the box the same day (before you raise your eyebrows, I shared it with family members too ;)) So let’s start

Rainbow Cupcake:  Starting with the most attractive Cupcake out of all. This one caught my attention as the bright colors looked so beautiful. The cupcake was super moist and really yummy. One of my favorite among the lot.

Red Velvet Cupcake: This bright red colored cupcake has always been my favorite and this was very spongy and moist. I wish the frosting was a little less sweet as I found it a bit sweet for my taste.

Choco Chip Brownie: This one was my another favorite among all the yummies. It was perfectly sweet, fudgy and dense and simply Wao !

Macaroons: Although I am not a big fan of Macaroon as I find them way too sweet for my taste. Yet, my family liked these macaroons which were of three different flavors.

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Pineapple Pastry: I am a lover of simplicity and this pastry has always been my favorite.  Melt in mouth and so fresh that this pastry was liked by all.

Chocolate Truffle pastry: This one was of my personal interest as the chocolate lover in me was tempted much to try it out by the looks of it and this one didn’t disappoint this chocolate lover. For me,  a sweet is perfect if it is not too sweet and this one was chocolatey and perfectly sweet.

Croissant and Veg Coleslaw Sandwich: To be frank the croissant was average, but this sandwich was the winner.  I love coleslaw and this one was so creamy and tasty.

Choco Chip Mousse in Chocolate Cup: I would like to highly recommend this one if you love chocolate mousse. This looks so beautiful as it is served in a cup made up of chocolate, which indeed was yum and filled with smooth chocolate mousse.

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For more details check the link to read more about 7th Heaven.

My opinion and words are not biased and the review is totally based on my experience at the restaurant. But rightly said, “Food is subjective and everyone has own taste” so kindly exercise your own discretion, with the understanding that this is reviewer’s personal opinion.

 

 

7th Heaven Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Review : Holachef – Food Ordering App+Website

 

Hola Chef: Review

 

One week of eating out in a restaurant or eating your regular dabbas will make you look out for some change or explore more food options. Many online food chains have come up with such ideas of meal getting delivered at your workplace or home. Holachef is one such online food delivery service currently operating in Mumbai, Pune and have recently started delivering in Navi Mumbai too. They are offering a wide range of food menu for the busy working professionals. They have collaborated with many talented chefs, who design their dynamic menu which includes regional cuisines, international cuisines and last but not the least the Saffola fit foodie cuisines- a boon for all the healthy eaters.

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Review: The Koffee Works, Kharghar,Navi Mumbai

 

I am a coffee lover, but not an ardent one. There are days when I can give up my cup of tea for a cup of coffee and anytime I will opt for filter coffee over a cappuccino. For me, a perfect coffee cup should be silky smooth, must have balanced bitterness and aromatic. Wondering why am I sharing details about my coffee love because my recent review invite was at “Koffee Works”, a newly opened beautiful cafe in my vicinity that is Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.

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Review: Ahmed Bhai Bry and Dry, Nerul, Navi Mumbai

When craving for some authentic Tandoori Chicken and its weekend too so this combination definitely calls for eating out. Again, my Zomato app helped me out in searching some good restaurant serving some delicious tandoori chicken in Navi Mumbai. After exploring about this place Ahmed Bhai’s Bry and Dry in Nerul, the ambience and sitting arrangement with some good reviews about the food attracted me to visit the place.

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Review: Tiffin Box etc, Sakinaka, Mumbai

I was invited for the grand opening of Tiffin Box etc third outlet in Saki Naka, Mumbai. Luckily I was in that part of the city so decided to attend the event. Don’t get confused by the name ‘TiffinBox’, this place has much more to offer. The idea behind the name ‘TiffinBox etc’ as explained by Mr. Ashwani Basantani, Brand Head is that the working class should not bring their tiffin boxes with them as they offer a big grand lunch buffet which includes the regional Indian specialties from four metropolitan cities namely Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkatta. One can also enjoy the A-la-Carte option with families and friends. They are also launching new website www.tiffinboxetc.com for online orders and payments.

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Review : Cafe 70 Beans, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai

Navi Mumbaikars often feel that this part of the city misses out on cool and happening cafes compared to the other part of Mumbai. Well, Cafe 70 beans is definitely an addition to your good books of cafes where you can actually relax and spend quality time with friends and family. The cafe has already made its name in the most visited cafe list in Navi Mumbai by Zomato. Wondering why its named 70 beans not 60 or 80? Because its believed that 70 roasted coffee beans, is what it takes to brew one prefect cup of coffee. 70 beans and perfection are synonyms of each other in terms of coffee.

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