How to start a food business from home: Obtain FSSAI product approval in a few steps

by Kamini on 28/06/2018
What’s life without good food? Be it birthdays, promotions or just a dull weekend, good food can cheer up any day. If you’re a foodie and look forward to cheering up others by home delivering goodies, starting a food business from home is a great idea. Your items to sell can be anything from baked goods to pickles, jams, jellies, candies and a host of other things.

As a food entrepreneur, if you’re wondering how to start a food business from home, you will also need to keep in mind the rules and regulations surrounding your food business. In order to successfully run a food business within the limits of the law, you will have to obtain FSSAI product approval first.

Here’s a guide on how to do that:

FBO registration

You will first need to go to the website and click on the user registration button after which you will have to fill out a form. This will require you to submit your license number and contact details. You will be sent a username and password to the email address you provided during registration which you can use to view anything on the FPAS site thereafter.

Application for product approval

The next step is to enter the dashboard. Clicking here will enable a drop-down list to appear with certain features like how to apply, rules of submission, frequently asked questions. To apply for a NOC or product approval a new application will need to be created.

Application for product approval – Ingredients, additives and products

Clicking on new application will get you to the Product Approval Eligibility Criteria page where you will have to answer some questions. On the basis of your answers, the website will inform you as to whether your products fall within the limits of FSS approved products or not and if they are eligible or not. After this, you will need to click on the product details page where you will be required to fill in details of the ingredients and additives present in the products.

Application for product approval – Supporting documents

Before you go ahead with filling out the form, make sure you have all the supporting documents ready to upload. Some of the documents you’ll need include, product, ingredient and additive related documents, label related documents, affidavit, method of analysis and certificate of analysis from NABL, ILAC accredited labs. There will be a checklist at the end of the page so you can see if you have uploaded all your documents.

Application for product approval - Summary

Before heading to the payment page, you can print a copy and review the details you have provided. Take a moment to check the product details, ingredient details, additive details, supporting documents and checklist.

Payment

Once you’ve checked and rechecked your application and are sure of the details you have provided, it’s time to make your online payment. Once you do this, you will receive acknowledgement for submitting the application.

Now that you know exactly how to start a food business from home, you just need the right platform to sell. Amazon offers an extensive range of services that can help you get started with selling your products online. It offers several other services like a cash on delivery option, fast shipping, secure payments, etc. It also has the added benefit of a truly global customer base. So, to leverage these opportunities, register as a seller with Amazon today.

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