As per the revised guidelines issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India in regards to the filing of Annual Return. This notification provides for the online submission of Annual Return by Food Business involved in manufacturing and importing of food products with effect from FY 2020-2021 through the latest Compliance System i.e. FOSCOS (Food Safety and Compliance System)
FSSAI License Holders are mandatorily required to file their annual return to FOSCOS before 31st May for the previous financial year as per the FSS (Licensing and Registration) Regulations, 2011.
Apart from some specified categories of FBOs, all others are mandatorily required to file Annual Returns as per the law. The categories which do not require filing the FSSAI Annual Return are Restaurants, Fast food joints, Canteens, and Grocery stores.
FBOs will be required to pay a penalty amounting to Rs. 100 per day, if they fail to comply with the requirement of annual return on time i.e., beyond 31st May each year.
In accordance with the revised guidelines of FSSAI, the food business that is involved in the manufacturing of milk and other milk products is not required to file a half-yearly return in Form D2. They are only required to file annual returns for manufacturers in accordance with the revised format which is available on the online portal.
It is also important to note that for every issued license to the Food Business Operator, a separate return shall be filed as per the Regulations.