As the date to modify licences under the new provisions of FoSCoS is approaching, the FSSAI has issued a public notice to ask food business operators to get their licences modified before March 31.

The notice says that with effect from April 1, 2022, the manufacturers including repackers and relabellers, will not be allowed to file renewal applications of their existing licences and file application for modification of licence through FoSCoS (Food Safety Compliance System) portal.

Manufacturers including repackers and relabellers, having licences issued through old methodology (granted from FLRS-Food Licensing and Registration System) have to shift to product selection methodology under FoSCoS.

Also, manufacturers holding state licence for products under nutraceuticals, health supplements, special dietary and medical use food, functional food and novel food regulation, have to shift to Central licence, the notice added.

In December last year, the FSSAI issued an order asking the FBOs to comply with its order dated June 16, 2021, regarding mandatory modification of licence by existing FSSAI licensed manufacturers as per new methodology for standardised product selection in FoSCoS by March 31, 2022.

“Beyond which FBOs who do not get their licence modified/migrated, shall not be able to apply for renewal of licence,” read the December notice.