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Registration deadline for food operators extended again


With not many food business operators (FBOs) registering under Food and Safety Standard Act of India (FSSAI), Food Safety Standard Authority has extended the deadline by a year from February 2013 to February 2014.

This is the second time the deadline has been extended. The first time it was shifted from August 2012 to February 2013.

Of the 4.5 crore-odd FBOs in the country, only 11 lakh have registered with the authority. Maharashtra has seen the most registrations, 3.5 lakh of the 10-15 lakh FBOs in the state.

“All FBOs — big and small — will have to register under FSSAI. Transporters that carry food products — ready or raw — will also have to register. The purpose is end-to-end quality control,” said Mahesh Zagade, state Food and Drugs Administration commissioner.

Food enterprises with a turnover of less than Rs 12 lakh can register by paying Rs 100. Larger food industries will have to comply with demands of schedule IV of FSSAI Act, including internal auditing and checks.

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