Wednesday, February 5, 2014

FSSAI EXTENDS TIME LIMIT FOR RENEWAL/CONVERSION OF EXISTING LICENCES

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  The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India on 04.02.14 has extended the time limit for conversion/ renewal of existing licences under the repealed Orders up to 04.08.2014. For more information: EXTENSION OF TIME FOR EXISTING LICENCES.


Explanation on the latest advisory by FSSAI regarding the extension date . . . 



As per the latest advisory by the apex body regarding the extension date for licensing & registration of food businesses by six months, the same does not apply to the food business operators who are doing food business without acquiring any valid license or are not registered under any previous law. For such FBOs, February 4, 2014 was the last date and they may be penalized if they have not applied for the license or registration.
The advisory clearly states that the extension has been given to those who are seeking a conversion/renewal of their existing licenses which were acquired under previous laws/orders. The six months extension has been allowed to the food business operators who were already registered under the previous laws/orders, which were repealed and consolidated into a one act i.e. FSS Act, 2006.
The prevalent laws on food prior to FSS Act, 2006:
* The Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954
* The Fruits Products Order, 1955
* The Milk and Milk Products Order, 1992
* The Meat Food Products Order, 1973
* The Edible Oils Packaging (Regulation)Order, 1988
* The Vegetable Oil Products (Control) Order, 1947
* The Solvent Extracted Oil, De-oiled Meal and Edible Flour (Control) Order, 1967
* Any order under issued under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 relating to food

For new food business operators who have not yet started their food business activity, the deadline for the last date does not apply and they can go for the licensing & registration, further shall start their business operations upon hearing from the authorities.
FSSAI has extended the last date for licensing and registration by further six months,i.e. till 4 August 2014.
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.

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