Eateries are big business in India, and up until six years back, there was no law governing them, which meant the safety of the food could not be vouched. But the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India issued a ruling in 2013 that stated that all restaurants, food joints, and eateries would have to obtain a license to work. This license appointed them as “food business operators” under the FSS (Licensing and registration of food businesses) regulations, 2011.
No food outlet was exempt from the law. From KFC to McDonald’s, from the local non-veg stall to five-star hotels like Bukhara, from canteens in school to cafeterias in offices, it is mandatory for every place to get a license. What happens if an eatery is found working without a permit? At the minimum, it will be penalised with a fine, and at the maximum, it will be shut down!
What is the license and who get is? The license is essentially a unique 14-digit registration number that is allotted to every restaurant, trader, and manufacturer who deals with food. For sellers and makers, it is obligatory to print the 14-digit number on the packaging of every product.