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District administration has taken a firm step to curb the illegal practices in the food business. The administrative body has strictly warned the food traders that are operating without the requisite licence mandated by the Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulation, 2011.
All traders in food commodities, grocers, hotel owners, tea stalls, sweet and savoury manufacturers and retailers, roadside shopkeepers, bakeries, meat sellers, vegetable and fruit stalls milk producers, and traders, canteens running in schools, college, industrial units, caterers to wedding halls, wholesale and retailers among others are now required to be licensed with permit to operate under the Act.
In an official statement, administrative body mentioned that ample time has been given to the traders since the Act was implemented in 2011. It further stated that now the time has come to draw a strict action plan against food traders operating without licence.
Businesses with an annual turnover of Rs. 12 lakh shall pay Rs. 100 per annum in the district treasury and register on www.foodlicencing.fssai.gov.in along with a photo and valid identity.
The affidavit may be downloaded and submitted to the Food Safety Officer in person or through post. Alternatively, business operators may take the assistance of Common Service Centres.
Further, for those with an annual turnover exceeding Rs. 12 lakh, the annual fee towards permit is Rs. 2,000. Details regarding registration may be obtained from the District Food Safety and Drug Administration Department, Collectorate.
Those already with existing permits are required to verify the validity and renew their licence before their validity expires. Renewal of licences before the expiry of validity will prevent levy of penalty and also enable the manufacturers to retain the same registration number printed on the packets of their food products.