The FSSAI has issued an advisory dated 12 March, 2021 regarding delays in the processing of applications for renewal of licenses. The advisory has been addressed to the Commissioners of Food Safety of all States and UTs as well as the Central Licensing Authorities of the FSSAI.
In the advisory the FSSAI has stated, that it has been brought to their notice that some Central and State Licensing Authorities keep renewal license applications pending due to non-confirmation of receipt of annual returns that is Form D-1 and D-2 against that particular license. Queries are raised for ascertaining the status and compliance is insisted on before processing the renewal applications. Such a process is reportedly lengthy and time consuming which leads to inordinate delays in renewal of licenses.
The FSSAI has reviewed the matter and it has been decided that while the compliance with all the conditions of the existing licenses are to be ensured by the FBOs, but the practice of holding the renewal application of license, for ensuring the filing of return, may not be prudent as it leads to unnecessary delays and increases pendency.
FSSAI advises that further queries regarding the filing of return can be done separately, by way of improvement notices, while ensuring grant of renewal of license, within the stipulated time frame, under the provisions of Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations 2011.
The FSSAI has advised that no application for renewal of license should be kept pending for proceedings regarding filing of returns. Such licenses may be duly renewed and in case of any default / contravention by the FBO, appropriate penal action, as per provisions of the FSS Act, 2006 and Rules and Regulations made thereunder, may be initiated by the concerned Licensing Authority.
The FSSAI has also requested all the Commissioners of Food Safety to bring the above advisory to the notice of the Designated Officers under their respective jurisdiction.
Source : FSSAI