As the last date of registration and licensing under FSS Act, 2006 is ending on February 4, 2014, the state FDA is all set to meet the target of registering all food business operators in the state. The Food and Drug Administration is ready with the infrastructure to process the applications by organizing camps and also using the internet methods for the convenience of the food business operators in the state.
Not matter if you are running a hotel, restaurant, canteen, snack bar, club, neighbourhood tiffin service, Catering service or even serving food on streets, at any location in India, you have to get registered or have to obtain license in compliance to the FSS Act/Rules & Regulations.
There have been some protests from the hotel & restaurant lobby in 2012 against the new regulations but now these industries seem to be following the new guidelines and ready to work along with the civic bodies.
Who need registration?
Every Food Business Operator who has a turnover of less than 12 lacs p.a.
Who need license?
Food Business Operator having an annual turnover more than 12 lacs p.a.
The regulatory body had already awarded extensions for registration under the new act and now February 4, 2014 is the final date beyond which the authority is liable to intervene in the activities of the food business operators if food business operator is found to be running business without license.
A brief history of Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration) Regulations
Initially as per the regulations 2.1.2 of Food safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of food business) Regulation, the food Business Operator were required to apply for conversion for License/Registration within one year from the date of notification of this regulation that is by 4th August 2012. This date was further extended for another 6 months i.e. up to 4th February 2013 vide statutory Advisory. This date was further extended for another one year that means the timeline for seeking conversion/ renewal of their existing licenses and also for FBOs who have not obtained licenses/registration under the new Act was extended to 4th February 2014.
The new food Act i.e. the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 , FSS Rules 2011 FSS regulations 2011, have come into effect w.e.f. 5.08.2011. According to section 31 of FSS act , no person shall commence or carry on their food business without obtaining License or Registration therefore you have either to get licensed or registered yourself depending upon the nature of food business and annual turnover.
Penalty for carrying food business activity without registration – Fine of Upto Rs. 2 lacs.
Penalty for carrying food business activity without licence – Imprisonment upto 6 months plus fine upto Rs. 5 lacs.