No im­port of food items with less than 60% shelf life: FSSAI

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The Food Safety and Stan­dards Author­ity of In­dia (FSSAI) has is­sued a new reg­u­la­tion un­der which food items with less than 60 per cent shelf life will not be al­lowed to en­ter the In­dian mar­ket. The Food Safety and Stan­dards (Im­port) Reg­u­la­tion 2017 has been no­ti­fied by FSSAI, mak­ing it com­pul­sory for im­porters to ob­tain a li­cense.

Shelf life means the pe­riod be­tween the date of man­u­fac­ture and the ‘best be­fore’ or ‘date of ex­piry’, which­ever is ear­lier as printed on the la­bel, FSSAI said. It has spec­i­fied that no per­son shall im­port any food ar­ti­cle without an im­port li­cense from the Cen­tral Li­cens­ing Author­ity, in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of the Food Safety and Stan­dards (Li­cens­ing and Reg­is­tra­tion of Food Busi­nesses) Reg­u­la­tions, 2011.

FSSAI said it has brought the reg­u­la­tion with an aim to stream­line the process of clear­ance of im­ported food in an ef­fi­cient and trans­par­ent man­ner.

The reg­u­la­tion in­cludes pro­vi­sions re­lated to li­cens­ing of food im­porter; clear­ance of im­ported food by the Food Author­ity; and stor­age, in­spec­tion and sam­pling of im­ported food. Be­sides, the new reg­u­la­tion has pro­vi­sions for lab­o­ra­tory anal­y­sis of sam­ples of im­ported food, pro­hi­bi­tion and re­stric­tion on food im­ports, and amenable food la­belling pro­vi­sion for ease of trade.

FSSAI has fur­ther said that its of­fi­cials at the cus­toms can re­ject con­sign­ments that do not com­ply with the pro­vi­sions of La­bel­ing and Pack­ag­ing Reg­u­la­tions, 2011, on the ba­sis of vis­ual in­spec­tion, without draw­ing any sam­ple.

The rules will not ap­ply to in­di­vid­u­als bring­ing food items for per­sonal use, pro­vided that the value of such prod­ucts does not ex­ceed the amount al­lowed by cus­toms from time to time.

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