FSSAI mandates online submission of Annual Return by Food Business with effect from FY 2020-21

FSSAI mandates online submission of Annual Return by Food Business with effect from FY 2020-21

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on December 18, 2020 has issued a Notification regarding Mandatory online submission of Annual Return by Food Business wef FY 2020-21. 

Mandatory Compliance w.e.f. 1st April 2021

online submission of Annual Returns on Food Safety Compliance System (FOSCOS – https://foscos.fssai.gov.in) shall be made mandatory for food businesses involved in manufacturing and importing of food products, wef FY 2020-21 (window for return filing for FY 2020-21 will open wef 1″ April 2021 onwards).

Benefits of Online Return Filing:

•         The food business need not maintain receipts and records of physical nature.

•         FBOs shall be saved from inadvertent penalties 

•         Reminders for submission of annual returns would be sent digitally. Country/State-wise analysis of data would be possible.

•         Updated data would be available, as till now all analysis is based on the data provided by the food businesses at the time of obtaining of license, etc

Kindly note that:

1. Presently, return filing due date extended till 31.12.2020 in physical mode.

2. FBO’s are required to maintain the record of submission of Returns.

3. An inadvertent lapse of non-submission or loss of submission proof renders FBO’s are liable for hefty penalties.

Notification Link: 

FSSAI mandates online submission of Annual Return by Food Business with effect from FY 2020-21