The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has extended the last date for submission of annual returns for the fiscal 2021-2022. Now the food businesses can file the annual returns till June 30, 2022.

The Food Authority has issued an order in this regard saying that submission of annual returns physically or through email will not be considered.

The decision to extend the timeline was taken after the food authority got representation from the food businesses requesting for an extension.

“Considering the representation of the FBOs seeking extension for the submission of annual returns, it has been decided to extend the last date for online submission of annual returns till 30th June 2022,” the order read.

According to the FSS Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses Regulations, 2011, the submission of annual returns by every licensed manufacturer and importer should be done by 31st May of every year.

Earlier in April this year, the Food Authority had also directed all the manufacturer-exporters to submit their annual returns through FoSCoS.

FSSAI, through its order in December 2020, had mandated the online submission of annual returns only through the FoSCoS portal.