FSSAI issues direction allowing FBOs to operate their food business on the basis of application for license or registration

Apr 15, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Commercial Compliance

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a direction allowing Food Business Operators (FBOs) other than Manufacturers to temporary operate their food business on the basis of valid receipt of license or registration during the period of lockdown across the country due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The FBOs are required to apply for FSSAI license or registration by making online applications having 17-digit Application reference Number (ARN) generated on Food Licensing and Registration System (FLRS) along with the prescribed fee. FBOs shall inform the concerned authority about commencing his food business by email enclosing the scanned copy of the application. In case the application is rejected by the licensing or registration authority, FBO shall immediately stop all his food business activities.

This said permission is available to only those applicants who are allowed to operate in the lockdown. The FBOs shall cease his operation on food at the premises within 30 days after lockdown ends, unless he has obtained a valid license or registration. The permission shall be limited to the respective State or Union Territory only. The State Government may restrict permission to certain kind of business or food categories depending upon the need during the lockdown.

FSSAI has further clarified that this permission is not for FBOs applying for FSSAI license or registration for manufacturer kind of business. The commissioners of the Food Safety are advised to supervise the scheme in public interest during the lockdown period and at the same time cease operations within 30 days from the end of lockdown period.

Thus, it is concluded that the FBOs applying for FSSAI license or Registration for kind of businesses other than manufacturers are allowed to temporarily operated their food business immediately after submission of their application for license or registration during the lockdown period.

[Order No. 15(6)2020/FLRS/RCD/FSSAI]


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