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FSSAI gives time until Jan 2022 for compliance with ‘print licence no. on invoices order’
Wednesday, 06 October, 2021, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has deferred the implementation of the order mandating food businesses to print licence numbers on receipts, invoices, cash memo or bills of retail sales of food products.

The FSSAI has extended the date of implementation of the order until January 1, 2022.

The FSSAI has issued an order in this regard and stated, “In view of representation from various industries associations & stakeholders, it has been decided with the approval from Competent Authority that the enforcement of said order will come into effect from 1st January, 2022.”

The FSSAI has taken the decision after various associations involved in the food trade sought more time for compliance with the order issued in June 2021 that sought printing of licence numbers on sales bills.

The food authority reasoned that presently, FSSAI number was compulsory to be displayed on packaged food labels but the issue lies especially in the case of establishments such as restaurants, mithai shops, caterers, even retail stores etc.  FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations were amended to mandate display of Food Safety Display Boards at all times at prominent places in case of restaurants. However there remains a deficit of mechanism for consumers to know the FSSAI number of the service or the product provider.

Meanwhile, reacting to the decision, Shankar Thakkar, president of the All India Edible Oil Traders Association, has said that traders were unhappy over the move by FSSAI. Thakkar and other traders had recently met with the FSSAI chief and CEO in Mumbai and gave them a memorandum against the decision citing various difficulties faced by the traders.

“The printing of licence numbers on invoices may result in false cases against traders who are merely involved in sales activity. Therefore we demanded the FSSAI to reconsider their decision of printing license numbers on sales invoices of food products,” he said.
 
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