Reduction in Food License Fee
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on dated 10th February 2023 issued an order for ease of doing in licensing and it is a welcomed order issued by FSSAI. Earlier the food business operator (FBO) had to make full payment of the food license fee as per the food license category i.e. Rs 2000/- or Rs 3000/- or Rs 5000/- or Rs 7500/- per year or as the case may be has been reduced. In this view for streamlining the process of licensing and ease in obtaining a Food license. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) decided that:
- Earlier while scrutinizing the documents and details provided along with Fssai License Application and if there are any discrepancies/shortcomings FBO has to fulfil the same within 30 days and due to non-fulfilment of shortcomings the full license fee lapsed and result in losses to the Food Business Operator.
- Only the initial application fee for licensing whether the full fee for the license is Rs 2000/- to Rs 7500/- is reduced to Rs 1000/- + GST.
- The difference amount for the license has to be paid within 30 days after scrutiny of documents and approval of same. Non-payment of the balance food license fee will result in auto rejection of the FSSAI license application.
- This is applicable where the fee for the license is Rs 2000/- to Rs 7500/- (Trading License, Retail Food License, Wholesale License, State Manufacturing License, Relabelling Food License, Repacking Food License, Central Food License, Import License, Export License, etc.) and not affecting FSSAI Registration.
Earlier the Food Safety Authorities had reduced the time limit for food licensing from 1-5 years to 1 year only through its order dated 12th January 2023.