The FSSAI has set a final deadline for food businesses to utilise the pre-printed packaging materials and asked them to use any such material by December 31, 2023.

“It has been decided to grant a final one-time permission up to 31.12.2023 to the FBOs seeking permission to use such non-complying pre-printed packaging materials (PPMs),” reads the order issued by the FSSAI after Food Business Operators (FBOs) sought time to use pre-printed packaging materials which are non-complying with the FSS (Labelling & Display) Regulations, 2020, and its amendments.

The FSSAI has also revised the fee for any food business applying for permission to use the pre-printed packaging materials, which is Rs 30,000 plus GST for the Central licensees and Rs 12,000 plus GST for state licensees, to be paid through the e-payment portal of the FSSAI.

Meanwhile according to the FSSAI, the application(s) seeking permission to use pre-printed packaging material(s) due to (i) change in address, (ii) change in company name or (iii) change in licence number shall be processed under the extant instructions issued vide orders issued on November 23, 2016, and the fee shall be applicable as per order issued on November 14, 2017.

Under these notifications, the food businesses were allowed to use the pre-printed packaging materials for a period of six months after submitting a fee of Rs 6,000.