Due Date: The last date of filing annual fssai return by the manufacturing units of importers is 31st May, for the previous year. For example, the due date of FSSAI annual return for the financial year 2020-21 is 31st May 2021. However, due to COVID-19 Pandemic, the due date for filing the annual return has been relaxed, and the FBO can furnish the return for FY 2020-21 until the 30th June 2021, without any additional fee.
Prescribed FORM: The annual return in "Form D-1" is submitted by the licensee regarding each class of food items handled by him during the previous financial year. FSSAI has made online submission of Annual Return by Food Businesses mandatory w.e.f F.Y. 2020-21 vide notification, No. 15(31)2020/FOSCOS/RCD/FSSAI dated 18th December 2020.
Note: Separate Annual Return For Each Licence
The filing of the annual return is not applicant specific, and it is location-specific. Therefore, an FBO with more than one licence shall file a separate return for each License, i.e. for each food unit. It is immaterial that the same Food Business Operator holds these Licenses.
Penalty on Non Filing of FSSAI Annual Return
Non filing of return beyond 31st May of each year shall attract a penalty of Rs 100 per day of delay. The penalty shall continue till the return is filed. Thus it is suggestable to file annual returns to avoid penalty and disruption in the food business.