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Glitches halting license renewal under FLRS to be eliminated by Feb 15
Wednesday, 07 February, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) stated that the technical glitches, that have halted the renewal of licenses and registration of food business operators (FBOs) under the Food License and Registration System (FLRS), shall be removed by February 15, 2018.

The country’s apex food regulator added that the FBOs, who are unable to renew their licenses, will be allowed to continue their operations. They have also been given a window to renew their licenses and registration.

In a letter issued on February 5, 2018, FSSAI stated that the FLRS, which is information technology- (IT) enabled went off the track in December 2017. As a result, many FBOs were unable to renew their licenses and registration (as a result of which they could not continue their operations).

“Most of the cases were related either to non-payment of fees online or the inability to upload the requisite documents for the purpose, due to reasons mainly attributable to technical errors. Consequently, the licenses of many FBOs expired for no fault of theirs,” it added.

Garima Singh, director, regulatory compliance, FSSAI, assured in the letter that the FBOs whose licenses were not renewed during the said period could continue to be operational, reiterating that the functioning of the FLRS system would be normalised by February 15, 2018.

“Taking this into account, it has been decided that FBOs whose licenses have not been renewed during the said period will be allowed to continue their food businesses. The functioning of the FLRS system is expected to normalised by February 15, 2018 and shall be communicated,” she said, adding that a window will be provided to all such FBOs whose licenses got expired during this period to renew their applications subject to fulfilling eligibility criteria.
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