FSSAI issues new guidelines on Indian import clearance proce

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Posted on: 7 Feb 2013

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published new guidelines related to food import clearance process by FSSAI’s Authorized Officers.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Voluntary Public - Date: 1/30/2013 GAIN Report Number: IN3004 India Post: New Delhi FSSAI issues new guidelines on Indian import clearance procedures Report Categories: Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety FAIRS Subject Report Exporter Guide Product Brief Approved By: David Leishman Prepared By: Radha Mani Report Highlights: On January 24, 2013, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published new “guidelines related to food import clearance process by FSSAI’s Authorized Officers.” The document provides operational details on (i) labeling requirements for wholesale packaging; (ii) testing of proprietary food; (iii) import procedures for dietary supplements; (iv) laboratory reports; and (v) wholesale package labeling for flavors. General Information: DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this report was retrieved from the following Government of India website http://www.fssai.gov.in/. The U.S. Government makes no claim of accuracy or authenticity. On January 24, 2013, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published new “guidelines related to food import clearance process by FSSAI’s Authorized Officers.” The document provides operational details on (i) labeling requirements for wholesale packaging; (ii) testing of proprietary food; (iii) import procedures for dietary supplements; (iv) laboratory reports; and (v) wholesale package labeling for flavors. Following the previously published guidelines, the new FSSAI document specifies: a) (i) If the labels attached by the manufacturer are from the country of origin on the container of wholesale packages, which fulfill the labeling requirements of the FSSAI regulations, then the same may be allowed. However, tampering of label and pasting of one label over the other will not be permitted. (ii) A wholesale package can have either best before date/expiry date/use by date. In the case of wholesale packages, if both best before date and expiry date are given, then the two should be different and clearly specified. b) Every ‘proprietary food’ for which FSSAI has no standards should be tested on the safety parameters, micro-biological parameters and for heavy metals, wherever applicable depending upon the nature of the product. The Certificate of Analysis (COA) submitted by the importer may also be sent with the sample. The COA may or may not have information on the list of ingredients but it will carry information on quality control parameters like microbiological parameters, specific gravity, pH, etc. that can be referenced while undertaking the requisite tests. c) With regard to the use of certain food additives in food supplements, currently there are no Food Safety and Standards (FSS) for food/dietary supplements. It has therefore been decided that the Food Authority in accordance with Codex GSFA for food supplements may clear the consignments. The list of food additives that allowed in food/dietary supplements are given under Category 13.6 of the Codex General Standard for Food Additive (GSFA). Table 3 of GSFA also provides the list of additives that can be used in general at the level of GMP even in food supplements. d) All the laboratories will have to follow the standard format of report as given in FSS (Laboratory and Sample Analysis) Regulations, 2011. e) In the case of mixtures of flavorings, the name of each flavoring present in the mixture need not be given. The generic express “flavor” or “flavoring” may be used together with a true indication of the nature of the flavor. The expression “flavor” or “flavoring” may be qualified by the words “natural”, “nature-identical”, “artificial”, or a combination of these words, as appropriate. This provision does not apply to flavor modifiers, but does apply to “herbs” and “spices” which generic expressions may be used where appropriate. For details on the previously published (March 23, 2012) guidelines, please refer to USDA GAIN Report IN2055. Details on guidelines: Published on: January 24, 2013 Effective from: with immediate effect Effective until: until further orders of final notification of regulations in this regard whichever is earlier The full text of the guidelines as mentioned on the FSSAI website is given below. It can also be accessed at FSSAI website.
Posted: 07 February 2013