A final deadline has been set by the FSSAI for food businesses to utilize the pre-printed packaging materials. The food regulator has also demanded that the FBOs would be allowed to use any such material upto 31st December, 2023.
In response to Food Business Operators (FBOs) seeking more time to use pre-printed packaging materials that are non-compliant with the FSS (Labelling & Display) Regulations, 2020 and its amendments, the FSSAI passed an order that reads – “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).”
The fees has also been revized by the regulator for food businesses that are applying for permission to use the pre-printed packaging materials. Currently, Central licensees would have to pay a fee of INR 30,000 plus GST and State licensees would have to pay a fee of INR 12,000 plus GST. The payment would have to be done through the e-payment portal of the FSSAI.