FSSAI has once again extended the date to obtain license/registration in compliance to the FSS (Licensing & Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011. Food Authority has now given a new date till August 4, 2015. This is the fifth time that the authority has given the extension to get the license/registration.
There were plenty of requests from various stakeholders including the individuals, Food Business Operators, various associations and trade bodies to prolong the time line by further one year but the Food Authority has extended the deadline further up to August 4, 2015.
Food Business operators have welcomed this move by the Apex Regulator and they alleged that it was apparent as currently only a very small portion of the Food Business Community have applied for the license under the FSS Act, 2006. A large portion of the FBOs who are in the suburban areas do not even know that they need to apply for the license under the FSS Act, 2006.
Section 31 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 clearly states that no food business activity shall be carried out without a valid license or registration. The penalty for carrying out a food business without a license is up to Rs. 5 lakhs along with an imprisonment which may extend up to 6 months. Similarly if someone carrying out a food business without a registration shall be liable for a fine which may go upto Rs. 2 lakhs.
Food Business Operators who are not registered under any previous Food Acts/Orders are not covered under this extension period time line and they may be asked to prove as how they are carrying a food business activity without a valid license/registration. For new FBOs, they have to first apply for license/registration under the FSS Act, 2006 and get the food authority’s nod and only then should commence their food operations.