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What is FSSAI Annual Return Filing?

As per the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) regulations, obtaining a food license is one of the most crucial steps for starting a food business. Once you have done with FSSAI Registration, you can start your business freely and without any legal complications.

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 licenses 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 period, he may have to face penalties.

Who Should File FSSAI Annual return?

The following are entitled to file an FSSAI Annual Return Online:

  • Every FBO who has a business turnover similar to or more than Rs. 12 Lakhs
  • Every business operator selling, importing, exporting, manufacturing, distributing, storing, handling/transporting any type of food product has to file an FSSAI Annual return
  • The business operator involved in the distribution and manufacturing of milk has to file half yearly returns

Details and Documents Required for FSSAI Annual Return Filing

Following details and Documents are required to File FSSAI ReturnOnline:

  • Name of the Food product which is being manufactured, exported, imported, or handled.
  • Bottle size, can size or size of any other packaging.
  • Quantity in the metric ton.
  • Value of Food product..
  • Quantity in Kg which is being exported or imported.
  • Selling price per unit of packaging or per kg.
  • Name of the countries where food products are exported.
  • Rate per unit or kg of packaging CIF/FOB/
  • Mandatory Last FSSAI Annual Returns.

What is FSSAI form D1?

1.All the food manufacturers, importers, labelers, re-labelers, 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.

2.Furthermore, this is mandatory irrespective of whatever is the production of the FBO in the previous year.

3.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.

What is FSSAI form D2?

1.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 milk and/or milk products.

2.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

3.Note: Every FBO needs to file separate returns for every license issued under the regulations, irrespective of the condition that the Food Business Operator possesses one or more than one license

FSSAI Returns Due Dates To be Filed By
Form D1 31st May Every food manufacturer, importer etc.
Form D2 (half-yearly return) 30th September/30th March Manufacturer of milk/milk products
Additional Read : *The dates are as per FSSAI Website. They are subject to change as per FSSAI Guidelines

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Who are Exempted from FSSAI Annual Return Filing?

The FSSAI registration through an exemption notification issued on 10th June 2014, has exempted the following entities from filing FSSAI Annual Return :

1.Fast food joints


3.Grocery stores


Penalty for Not Filing FSSAI Annual Return

In case of any delay in filing return beyond 31st May, then a penalty of Rs. 100 shall be imposed for every day for the time for which the delay continues.

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