'15 % food business operators apply for licences, registration'
With two weeks left for the deadline of registration, only 15% food business operators have applied for licences or registration under the Food Safety and Standards Act.punjab Updated: Jan 17, 2014 19:35 IST
With two weeks left for the deadline of registration, only 15% food business operators have applied for licences or registration under the Food Safety and Standards Act.
There are nearly one lakh food business operators in the district. The operators that fall under the Act are hotels, restaurants, canteens, dhabas, food carts, sweet shops, tea stalls, grocery stores, milk vendors and others involved in sale of any kind of food.
Talking to HT, district health officer Abnash Kumar said, “We are continuously making efforts and organising camps, so that registration can be done. Till Friday only 15% business operators from the district have applied for licence. We have organised a camp at Sherpur on Thursday and at Basti Jodhewal on Friday, where registrations were issued to only 150 operators.”
He said, “During the camps we are receiving better response than before. So, we appeal the food business operators to visit our office or camps for registration and license to avoid inconvenience in future.”
Civil Surgeon Subash Batta said, “There are only a few educational institutes, schools and colleges which have got licences and most of the institutes have not applied till now.”
If operators fail to get registration or licence till February 4, a fine of Rs 5 lakh will be imposed.
Fee structure per annum
Registration fee: Rs 100
If the turnover is above Rs 30 crore, the licence is issued by the Central Licensing Authority, and if it is below Rs 30 crore, then the State Licensing Authority issues it.
Fee for licence issued by Central Licensing Authority: Rs 7,500
Fee for licence issued by State Licensing Authority
Manufacturer or miller: Rs 3,000-Rs 5,000
Hotels (3 star and above): Rs 5,000
All food service providers, including restaurants/boarding houses, clubs, canteens (schools, colleges, office, institutions), caterers, banquet halls with food catering arrangements, and food vendors like dhabas or any other food business operator: Rs 2000