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FSSAI has deferred the implementation of the order mandating supplies businesses to print licence numbers on receipts, invoices, cash memos, or bills of retail sales of food products

The FSSAI stated in regard to the order they have passed “In view of representation from various industries associations & stakeholders, it has been decided with the approval from Competent Authority that the enforcement of said order will come into effect from 1st January 2022”

The decision taken by FSSAI after many other associations involved in the food trade sought more time for compliance with the order issued in June 2021 that sought printing of licence numbers on sales bills.

The food authority contemplated that as of now, FSSAI number was mandatory to be shown on packed food names however the issue lies particularly in the case of establishments such as restaurants, mithai shops, caterers, even retail locations and so on FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations were changed to make it mandatory to display of Food Safety Display Boards consistently at conspicuous places in the event of cafés. However, there stays a deficiency of components for buyers to realize the FSSAI number of the help or the item supplier.

Meanwhile, reacting to the decision, Shankar Thakkar, president of the All India Edible Oil Traders Association, has said that traders were unhappy over the move by FSSAI. Thakkar and other traders had recently met with the FSSAI chief and CEO in Mumbai and gave them a memorandum against the decision citing various difficulties faced by the traders.

“The printing of licence numbers on invoices may result in false cases against traders who are merely involved in sales activity. Therefore we demanded the FSSAI to reconsider their decision of printing license numbers on sales invoices of food products,” he said.

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