FSSAI sets new testing procedures for imported food

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Posted on: 31 Aug 2012

On August 21, 2012, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India published new guidelines for laboratory testing of imported food.

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: 8/23/2012 GAIN Report Number: IN2109 India Post: New Delhi FSSAI sets new laboratory testing procedures for imported food Report Categories: Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety Exporter Guide FAIRS Subject Report Product Brief Approved By: David Leishman Prepared By: Ritambhara Singh Report Highlights: On August 21, 2012, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India published new guidelines for laboratory testing of imported food in line with the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011. General Information: Introduction: On August 21, 2012, the Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) of India published new guidelines for laboratory testing of imported food in line with the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011. The guidelines establish approved methodologies and chemical testing parameters for food products regulated by the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011. The new guidelines, developed in consultation with the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) in Mysore, have been sent to all authorized food laboratories (including reference laboratories) in India. As the new guidelines are effective immediately, the FSSAI hopes to encourage greater harmonization in the testing procedures for imported food products. The following products are covered by the new FSSAI guidelines - S. Category Items No 1 Milk and milk products Processed Baby Food Milk Powder, Cheese 2 Fat oils and fats Crude Palm oil, Crude Sunflower oil, Rapseed oil (mustard oil), Rapseed Oil (mustard oil) low erucic acid, Crude Degummed Soyabean Oil, RBD Pamoline, Oilive Oil 3 Fresh fruits and vegetables All fresh fruits 4 Sugar Raw Sugar 5 All fish and fish products Fish & Fish products 6 Meat and meat products Frozen Meat, Canned Meat 7 Dry fruits Almond 8 Nuts & raisins Cashew, Nuts/Raw, Raisins 9 Poppy seeds Poppy seeds 10 Cereals & pulses Black Matpe/Green Peas/Chick Peas/Toor or Pigeon Pea //Red Lentils 11 Salt & spices inclusive dry fruits Saffron, Split cassia, Cloves, Mace, Garlic nuts/betel nuts/ curry powder/ Powder 12 Additives Ammonium bicarbonate INS 503 (ii), Phosphoric Acid INS 338, Monosodium Glutamate, Penta cake, Enzyme 13 Thermally processed fruits & Tomato paste/ Tomato powder, Tomato vegetables products sauce 14 Thermally processed fruits & Grape Juice vegetables products / fruit juice 15 Fruit drinks Fresh Mango Fruit Drink, Concentrated Fruit/Vegetable juice (Juice Concentrate) 16 Sweets & confectioneries Chewing Gum, Jelly Candy Drops/Fox Blackcurrant Tin inclusive chewing gum 17 Bakery products Food Aid Biscuits 18 Fruits & vegetables product Dates 19 Beverages Instant Coffee, Indian Black Tea 20 Proprietary food Fruit infusion Orange spice, Koka Instant Noodles, Porridge Mix, Seasoning powder 21 Thermally processed vegetables Ice Cool Baby Corn(whole) (canned) , Mushroom products ( canned vegetables) 22 Flavoring substances Mix orange flavour 23 Macaroni products Pasta 24 Not described Pop corn 25 Vegetable products/ canned Frozen Vegetable vegetables 26 Sweetening agent Honey 27 Beverages Alcoholic, Non alcoholic 28 Dehydrated fruits & vegetables Onion, Seasoning powder products 29 Processed vegetables Olives in Brine 30 Flavoring agents Flavour granules 31 Cereals & cereal products Wheat flour, Papad 32 Culinary pastes & other sauces( Other sauces other than tomato and soya) 33 Carbonated Sweetened Carbonated Beverage beverages/sweetened carbonated beverages 34 Seasoning powder Dried Ginger powder The complete order is available on FSSAIā€™s website and can directly be accessed at http://fssai.gov.in/Portals/0/Pdf/Final_Lab_Parameters(21-08-2012).pdf
Posted: 31 August 2012

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