Penalties due to non-submission of Annual / Half-Yearly returns by food businesses in previous years during COVID-19 pandemic period has been waived off

The department of FSSAI on 24th August 2020 has decided not to count the period of 22nd March 2020 to 31st December 2020 for collection of penalties under clause 2.1.13 (3) of FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Regulation, 2011 due to non-submission of returns of previous financial years.

This comes after several issues raised by several FBOs regarding accruing of penalties due to non-submission of returns for previous financial years during CoVID-19 pandemic period and to enjoy certain relaxation in penalty amount charged in reference to FSSAI orders dated 11th April 2020 and 31st July 2020 on extension of dates for submission of Annual returns for FY 2019-20 and Half yearly returns in Form D1 and D2 respectively for October 2019 to March 2020 and April 2020 to September 2020.

The aforesaid Order dated 24 August 2020 can be accessed here.

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