FSSAI has issued a notification dated 9 August 2021 related to mandatory online submission of Annual Return by Food Businesses with effect for Financial Year (FY) 2020-21
FSSAI has drawn attention to its previous order dated 18 December 2020 in which FSSAI had mandated the online submission of Annual Return through the Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCoS) https://foscos.fssai.gov.in for food businesses involved in manufacturing and importing of food products with effect from FY 2020-21. All Licensing Authorities have been directed to refrain from insisting on physical submission of annual returns and ensure that FBOs are well informed and facilitated to file the online returns only through FoSCoS.
The matter was also discussed in the 32nd meeting of CAC held on 29 June 2021, wherein it has been decided that Licensing Authorities shall organise special camps in the area of their jurisdiction and spread awareness for online submission of Annual Returns by Manufacturers/Importers only through FoSCoS. Licensing Authorities shall also ensure 100% implementation of the said order by the Food Businesses under their jurisdiction by 31 August, 2021.
As per clause 2.1.13(3) Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011, any delay in filing return beyond 31st May of each year shall attract a penalty of Rs.100 per day of delay. Licensing Authorities are directed to ensure its enforcement and shall impose penalty on defaulter FBOs in case of non-submission of Annual Returns for FR 2020-2021 till extended date 31s August 2021. A list of such FBOs can be accessed through FoSCoS (https://foscos.fssai.gov.in/) and bulk email reminder regarding Non submission of online return may also be sent to sensitize FBOs to submit annual return online through FoSCoS only.
Further, the provision for submission of online penalties accrued on FBOs due to non-submission of Annual Returns is in advance stage of development in FoSCoS and expected to be live soon. All authorities may direct FBOs to use this functionality to pay online penalty in case they fail to submit their Online Returns by 31 August 2021.
Source : FSSAI