In the wake of the pandemic and the uncertain situation in the days to come, traders have sought to extend the deadline for obtaining licence for FSSAI till December 31, this year. A representation regarding this was made by Gujarat Traders’ Federation (GTF), before the CEO of Food Safety and Standards Authorities of India (FSSAI). “The country is still reeling under a pandemic-like situation caused due to Covid-19 and several districts are under lockdown or restrictive working hours. Moreover, the renewal of FSSAI licence involves submitting of documents personally to the local authorities. Since authorities are busy managing Covid-19 related affairs, not many are readily available to give due attention to traders,” mentions the representation.
“Some traders who approached local authorised officials for renewal are being harassed and denied due attention,” the representation further mentions.