Beware! Rs 5 Lakh Fine, 6 Months Jail For Selling Home Made Food Without License In India
Many people are selling home-made food items to earn a living in these uncertain times. Since March as the nation went into a lockdown, there have been 2,300 registrations of such home-based businesses.
However, selling home-made food items like cakes without a license or registration will incur a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh and imprisonment for up to 6 months.
Read on to know more…
If You Have A Home-Based Business With Sales Less Than Rs 12 Lakh Then You Will Need A Registration!
According to the law dated August 5, 2011, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the State Food Safety Department issues the license and registration for such businesses.
Registration is required for businesses with sales below Rs 12 lakh and a license is compulsory for businesses with sales above Rs 12 lakh.
As more people have begun selling home-made food, more people are becoming aware of the law and its penalty upon violation.
However, some people still remain unaware of this mandatory rule and continue to operate without a license or registration. And many times, inspection officers are inquired by the business owners as to “what is the problem if home-made goods are sold.”
Registration Process and Penalty Procedure!
The process for acquiring a registration and/or a license is easy and can be done on any site of the FSSAI through Akshaya Kendras. The procedure requires uploading a photo ID and photo.
Upon registration, the manufacturer is accountable for assuring the usage of quality of the water and materials.
If any complaints are registered against the manufacturer, food safety officials of the concerned area will inspect the business, and if the manufacturer is found guilty a fine can be levied upon him/her. Depending upon the nature of the offense for selling adulterated food, Imprisonment and penalty will be decided.
As per the nature of the crime for running such businesses without a license or a registration, the manufacturers can incur a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh and imprisonment for up to six months.
There is a fine of Rs 3 lakh for selling items without label and a Rs 5 lakh fine for selling items with substandard quality.