FSSAI Annual Return Filing

IndiaFilings is your trusted partner for a seamless, stress-free experience when filing Food Business Annual Returns. We understand the critical importance of compliance in the food industry, and our dedicated team of experts is committed to helping you swiftly fulfill your regulatory obligations. Our comprehensive services are designed to ensure that your food business operates in full compliance with the regulations of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), thereby safeguarding both your business and the well-being of your consumers. With IndiaFilings by your side, navigating the complexities of FSSAI Annual Return filings becomes effortless, enabling you to concentrate on your core mission – providing safe and delectable food to your valued customers.

FSSAI Return Filing

Following the regulations set forth by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), every food business holding an FSSAI license is obligated to submit an annual return individually. This requirement applies to each license held, regardless of whether the same Food Business Operator possesses multiple licenses.

Purpose of the Annual Food Business Return

The Annual Food Business Return ensures that food businesses adhere to FSSAI regulations and maintain transparency in their operations.

By submitting the annual return, businesses provide essential information to the FSSAI concerning their operations, encompassing food products' production, handling, storage, and distribution. Food business operators should acknowledge the importance of this annual return and ensure its timely submission. Failure to adhere to this requirement may result in penalties or, in more severe cases, the suspension of the FSSAI license, posing a risk to the business's ongoing operations.

Food Business Operators (FBOs) Eligible for Annual Return Submission

The FSSAI annual return in Form D1 must be filed online with the Food Licensing Authority by the following categories of Food Business Operators (FBOs) for the type of food products they manufactured or sold in the preceding financial year:

  • Food manufacturers
  • Labelers
  • Importers
  • Packers

Every FBO, including those engaged in the distribution of milk and milk products

Eligibility Criteria for FSSAI returns

The requirement to file FSSAI returns applies to specific categories of Food Business Operators (FBOs) in India, as outlined below:

  • Business Turnover: FBOs with a business turnover exceeding Rs.12 lakhs must file FSSAI returns.
  • Involvement in Food Activities: FBOs engaged in various food-related activities such as importing, selling, manufacturing, exporting, storing, distributing, handling, or transporting any food product must file FSSAI returns.
  • Milk Manufacturing and Distribution: FBOs involved in manufacturing and distributing milk are also required to file FSSAI returns.

Exempted Entities from Filing Returns

It's important to note that the FSSAI has issued a notification specifying certain entities that are exempt from filing the FSSAI annual return. These exempted entities include:

  • Fast-food joints: Establishments primarily focused on fast-food preparation and service.
  • Restaurants: Dining establishments that provide prepared meals and beverages for on-site consumption.
  • Grocery stores: Retail stores primarily sell a variety of food and household products.
  • Canteens: Facilities that serve food to a specific group of individuals, such as employees in a workplace or students in an educational institution.

These exempted entities are relieved from the obligation of filing the FSSAI annual return, as per the notification issued by the FSSAI.

Deadline for Food Business Annual Return

Following Clause 2.1.13(1) of the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulation, 2011, all licensed Manufacturers and Importers are required to submit their Annual Return using Form D1 no later than May 31st each year. This return should cover the activities conducted during the previous Financial Year.

Penalties for Late or Non-Submission of Annual Returns

It's essential to adhere to the submission deadline. Any delay in filing the Food Business Annual Return beyond May 31 each year shall attract a penalty of Rs. 100 per day for delay until the date of filing of the return. The maximum penalty levied shall be at most five times the annual license fees.

Information Needed for Filing the FSSAI Annual Return

When completing the FSSAI Annual Return, the Food Business Operator (FBO) is required to furnish the following details:

  • Name of the product manufactured or imported.
  • Size of the container, packaging (e.g., P.P.), or bulk packaging.
  • Quantity measured in Metric Tons.
  • Selling price of the food products per kilogram or per unit of packaging.
  • Value of the Food Product.
  • Quantity of imported goods measured in kilograms.
  • A comprehensive list of the countries or ports from which the food products are imported.
  • Rate per unit per kilogram for packaging cost, insurance, and freight (C.I.F.) Free on Board (F.O.B.).

Ensure compliance and transparency in your food business operations with IndiaFilings' Food Business Annual Return services. We are here to assist you every step of the way.

Online Submission of Annual Returns for Food Businesses

On December 18, 2020, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) released a notification outlining the updated guidelines for filing annual returns in the food business sector. As per this notification, FSSAI now requires food businesses engaged in the manufacturing and importing of food products to submit their annual returns online, starting from the financial year 2020-2021. IndiaFilings is ready to assist you with the online filing your food business returns. Connect with our experts today for guidance and support.

How IndiaFilings Can Assist with FSSAI Annual Return Filings

At IndiaFilings, we understand the importance of timely and accurate FSSAI Annual Return filings for Food Business Operators (FBOs). Here's how we can assist you in the process:

Compliance Expertise:

Our experts provide clear guidance on the FSSAI Annual Return filing process, ensuring you understand your obligations.

Document Collection and Verification:

We assist in collecting and organizing the required information and documents needed for the FSSAI Annual Return. Our professionals review and verify the accuracy of the data and documentation to minimize errors.

Form D1 Preparation:

We prepare the FSSAI Annual Return in the prescribed Form D1, ensuring all relevant details are correctly filled out.

Timely Submission:

We inform you about the submission deadline to ensure you file your FSSAI Annual Return on time, avoiding penalties.

Penalty Avoidance:

We help you understand the penalties associated with late or non-submission, motivating you to meet the deadlines.

Compliance Updates:

We keep you updated on any changes in FSSAI regulations that may impact your Annual Return filing. With our support, you can have peace of mind knowing that your FSSAI Annual Return will be filed accurately and on time.

IndiaFilings is committed to making the FSSAI Annual Return filing process smooth and hassle-free for FBOs. Our experienced professionals ensure that your food business complies with all regulatory requirements, allowing you to focus on running your business effectively while maintaining food safety standards.

Contact Us Now to File Your FSSAI Annual Return and Ensure Food Safety Compliance for Your Business.

FSSAI Return Filing FAQ's

Who needs to file the FSSAI Food Business Annual Return?

All food businesses holding an FSSAI license, including manufacturers, importers, labelers, and packers, must file the FSSAI annual return.

What is the deadline for filing annual return?

The FSSAI annual return must be filed no later than May 31st each year, covering activities conducted in the previous financial year.

Are there penalties for late or non-submission of the FBAR?

Yes, late submission can result in a daily penalty, with the maximum penalty being five times the annual license fees.

Who is exempt from filing the FBAR according to FSSAI regulations?

Fast-food joints, restaurants, grocery stores, and canteens are exempt from filing the annual return, as per FSSAI notifications.

Can multiple FSSAI license holders file a single annual return?

No, each FSSAI license holder must file a separate FSSAI annual return for each license they hold.

Can I file the FSSAI Food Business Annual Return after the due date?

While it's best to file on time, you can still file the FBAR within a reasonable time after the deadline.

What information is required for FSSAI Food Business Annual Return filing?

Information such as product details, container size, quantity, selling price, imported quantity, and more is needed. Refer to FSSAI guidelines for the complete list.

Can I file the FBAR on my own, or should I seek professional assistance?

While self-filing is possible, professional assistance ensures accuracy and compliance with FSSAI regulations. IndiaFilings can help you file Annual return easily.

Is there a fee for filing the Annual Return?

FSSAI may charge a nominal fee for Annual Return filing, depending on the type and size of the food business.

Can I revise my annual return after submission?

No, annual return filings cannot be revised, so ensure accuracy before submission. Our experts can help you file without any error.

What happens if incorrect information is provided in the FSSAI Annual Return?

Providing incorrect information can lead to penalties and legal consequences, so accuracy is crucial.

What are the eligibility criteria for FSSAI returns?

FBOs with a turnover exceeding Rs.12 lakhs and those involved in various food activities must file FSSAI returns.

Can FBOs engaged in milk manufacturing and distribution be exempt from return filing?

No, FBOs involved in milk manufacturing and distribution are required to file the FSSAI annual return.

How can IndiaFilings assist with annual filing?

IndiaFilings provides:
  • Expert assistance.
  • Ensuring accurate and timely return filing.
  • Keeping your food business compliant with FSSAI regulations.

Can the FSSAI annual return be filed offline?

Food Business Annual Return filings are typically done online through the FSSAI portal.

What documents are required for annual return filing?

Documents such as water test reports may be required. Ensure you have all necessary documentation ready.

How can I avoid penalties for late return submission?

To avoid penalties, file the return on or before the due date. You can easily file through IndiaFilings.

Are there compliance updates provided by IndiaFilings for FSSAI regulations?

Yes, IndiaFilings keeps clients updated on any changes in FSSAI regulations that may impact annual return filing.

How can I get assistance from IndiaFilings for my FBAR filing?

You can connect with our experts for guidance and support in filing your Food Business Annual return, ensuring compliance with FSSAI regulations.

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