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FSSAI issues advisory to states clarifying on renewal of expired licences

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued an advisory to the states giving clarification on the expiry of licences prior to August 5, 2011, which have been applied for renewal to the concerned authorities.

A number of queries have been raised by Food Business Operators (FBOs) regarding applications for the renewal of the licence under FPO/PFA/MMPO/MFPO or any other Order which have been repealed after the enactment of the FSS Act and applied for renewal well in time but were under processing with the concerned officials in the Centre as well as state governments.

The Authority informed that these licences were being treated as new applicants. The matter had been examined and it had been decided that all such cases, where the FBO had applied for renewal of licence within a time limit and delay for issuance of licence could not be attributed to the FBO but to the time taken in processing the application by concerned licensing officer, may be considered under the category of renewal of licence. However, the fee & documents, if any, would be taken as per the requirement for each case.


The Expert’s Thought: The states should ensure that all  Food  Business  operations get themselves registered soon.

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