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FSSAI extends deadline for licensing, registration to Feb 4, 2014

After getting the notification from the health ministry, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has further extended the licensing and registration deadline for Food Business Operators (FBOs) to February 4, 2014. This is the third time the country’s apex food regulator has granted an extension to FBOs.

Even after a one-and-a-half-year time frame, which included a six-month extension, FSSAI was able to register 11 lakh out of the country’s five crore FBOs and gave licence to only three lakh FBOs so far against the target of 50 lakh. Even though FSSAI was not in a mood to extend the deadline, the pressure from the health ministry compelled it to extend the deadline for registration and licensing for one more year.

The first deadline to obtain licensing and registration was extended from August 4, 2012, to February 4, 2013, under FSSAI and now the deadline has been extended to February 4, 2014.

As per the new rules, anybody who was engaged in selling anything edible – roadside tea stalls, dhabas, fruit and vegetable hawkers, grocery shops, milk vendors, canteens, caterers, restaurants, hotels and food processors failing to get licence or register by February 4, 2013, were to be penalised by the food regulator.

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