FSSAI Annual Return For F.Y. 2021-22
As per regulations of Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) obtaining a food license is one of the most crucial steps for starting a food business. Once you have acquired the food/FSSAI license, you can start your business freely and without any legal complication.
But that’s not all. As per FSS (Licensing and Registration) Regulations, 2011, it is equally important to comply with FSSAI compliances and filing of annual returns.
All the food business operators (FBOs) who possess food license and have an annual turnover of Rs. 12 lakh should file the annual return mandatorily and within the due time.
If anybody fails to file the returns within the stipulated time period, he may have to face grim penalties at Rs100 Per day..
FSSAI Annual Return due date
Unlike other businesses, Food Businesses consist of filing only two kinds of returns every year. They are as follows:
- FSSAI Form D1
- FSSAI Form D2.
To be filed by
31st May 2022
Every food manufacturer, importer etc.
30th September/30th March
Manufacturer of milk/milk products
FSSAI Form D1:
All the food manufacturers, importers, labellers, re-labellers, packers, and re-packers, etc. need to file FSSAI Form D1 mandatorily, either online or in physical form as prescribed by the Food Safety Commissioner.
Furthermore, this is mandatory irrespective of whatever is the production of the FBO in the previous year.
The FSSAI annual return, Form D1 should be filed on or before 31st May of every financial year to the Licensing Authority depending on the types of food products sold by the FBO in the preceding financial year.
FSSAI Form D2:
The Form D2 is a half-yearly return and isn’t for every food business operator. Instead, this needs to be filed by every FSSAI license holder who is involved in the business of manufacturing or importing of milk and/or milk products.
FSSAI annual return, Form D2 must be filed on a half yearly basis. The time period for filing this return is from 1st April to 30th September and from 1st October to 31st March of every financial year.
Information that are Filed in The FSSAI Annual Return
All the licensed FBOs engaged in the manufacturing and importing of food products need to file an annual return. The manufacturer includes the processor, repacker or relabelled being involved in any stage of food production. The process of filing returns is online. The format of Annual Return has already been incorporated in the Food Safety Compliance System (FOSCOS). The below information is required at the time of filing the returns:
- Name of FBO
- Address of FBO
- Licence No
- Statement showing quantities of food products handled/manufactured/imported and exported in Tonnes. This statement shall furnish the particular in the below categories.
A) Name of the Food product handled/manufactured/ exported/imported.
B) Size of bottle/can/bulk package/any other package (like P.P.) or
C) Quantity in metric tones
- In the case of Export/Import, the following additional pieces of information are required.
A) Name of the country or port of Export.
B) The quantity exported/ imported in Kg.
C) Rate per Kg or per unit of packing F.O.B./C.I.F
Exemption from Filing the FSSAI Annual Return
- Food Business Operators (FBOs), including Petty Food Business Operators holding FSSAI Registration Certificate, are not required to submit annual returns.
- Other Kinds of Businesses such as Distributor, Wholesaler, Retailer, Storage, Transporter and Food Services etc.
Thus Restaurants, grocery stores, canteens, fast food corners etc., are not required to file annual returns under this act.
Penalty on Non Filing of FSSAI Annual Return
As per Section 2.1.13 (3) of FSS (Licensing and Registration) Regulations, 2011, if the food business operators don’t file the returns within the stipulated time, then a fine of Rs 100 will be imposed on them every day and will keep on increasing if the default continues.
What are the benefits of FSSAI annual Compliance?
Annual Compliance by an entity which is registered as per the requirements of the FSSAI would increase the overall reputation of the company or entity. The public will trust an entity that complies with the requirements related to annual compliance.
Increase in Brand Value-
A company that has FSSAI license would be more reputed in the eyes of consumers. Apart from this, the value derived by the entity would be more.
More Government Support-
Another benefit from this form of annual compliance is more government support for the entities that comply with the requirements.