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FSSAI gives in, extends licensing deadline by six months; FBOs relieved

 

Responding favourably to various representations from all over the country, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has granted food business operators (FBOs) a six-month extension to the August 5, 2012, deadline for complying with the licensing and registration rules laid down by the Food Safety and Standards Regulations (FSSA), 2011.

While there is jubilation over the move in the industry, FnB News spoke to few representatives, mostly over telephone, for their reactions. Prabodh Halde, VP, Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India), Mumbai chapter, said, “It is a welcome move. All food business operators will now be on their toes. When there was nothing, we got a year’s extension, and when things didn’t really progress along expected lines, we have to accept this six-month extension and hurry.”

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