The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) vide a letter dated 11th April 2020 has extended the timeline till 31st July 2020 for filling annual return for financial return 2019-2020 and half yearly return for October 2019-March 2020. This extension is granted because food business operators (FBOs) are facing difficulties in submission of their annual/half yearly return during COVID-19 lockdown in the country.
As per Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulation 2011; this extension till 31st July 2020 is given to-
- All licensed FBOs involved in manufacturing, processing, re-labellers, importers who are required to submit annual return for the FY 2019-2020 in Form D-1 by 31st May 2020.
- All licensed FBOs involved in manufacturing, processing of milk and milk products who are required to file half yearly return for the months of October 2019 – March 2020 in Form D-2 by 30th April 2020.
As per the letter, FBOs shall send their annual return/half yearly through email/physical copies to concern licensing authorities. For central licence, the details of licensing authorities are available on FSSAI website https://fssai.gov.in/cms/designated-officer.php ; and for state licence, the details of licensing authorities are available on https://fssai.gov.in/cms/commissioners-of-food-safety.php .