Due to COVID-19 Pandemic. the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has extended the timeline for the renewal of licensing or registration.
The Extension is given to Food Business Operators (FBOs) until December 31, 2020.
This was notified vide order dated 31st July, 2020. It is applicable to all those FBO’s whose license/Registration is expiring between 1st August, 2020 to 31st December, 2020. The FSSAI has provided this relaxation to FBOs who are unable to renew an application due to the ongoing pandemic Covid-19, which forced lockdown upon the country.
The extension is given until December 31 and the FBOs can renew their licence/registration. without penalty during this period. Previously, the grace period was given until July 31 for FBOs to renew their licences/registration. It was for license which have expired or were about to expire during the period – March 22 to June 30.
The FSSAI issued an order stating that after reviewing the situation it has been decided to extend the grace period. It has been extended till December 31 for applying for renewal of licences/registration. This period is for those FBOs whose licences/registration are expiring in the period.
“All such FBOs are allowed to apply for renewal of their licences/registration till December 31, 2020 without any late fee as per clause 2.1.7(4) of the FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations 2011. The order will apply prospectively,.” the order says while adding that no claim of refund of late fee paid of an already applied renewal application shall be admissible while the existing FSSAI licence/registration shall be deemed valid in the interim.
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