FSSAI extends the timeline for license and registration renewals

Deadline for renewals extended till 30 June 2020

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As there is a restriction of movement during pan-India lockdown period due to Covid-19 pandemic, it has been noted that food business operators (FBOs) who generally take help of state helpdesks, authorities or consultants to file applications are not being able to file applications for renewal of their FSSAI license or registration. This matter has been considered by FSSAI and the necessary steps have been taken by the regulatory authority.

The FSSAI order stated, “The FBOs whose license or registration has been expired or expiring during the period 22 March 2020 to 31 May 2020 are given a grace period to apply for renewal of their license or registration till 30 June 2020 without any late fees. In the interim period, FSSAI license or registration shall deemed to be valid.”

Considering the interruption of internet services in UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, FSSAI allowed FBOs whose license or registration has been expired or expiring since 1 August 2019 till restoration of internet services to continue their food businesses with their existing license or registration number without any late fees, till further order. Now the internet has been restored in the region. Hence the said order ceases to be in effect. However, owing to lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic, the difficulty may still be faced by FBOs for filing new applications. Thus, the same grace period has been given to UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to apply for renewal of their license or registration till 30 June 2020 without any late fees. In the interim period, FSSAI license or registration shall deemed to be valid.

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