The FSSAI has through its recent notification extended the timeline for complying with the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2020, including its Amendment Regulations of 2021, by taking into account other related regulations having various timelines for compliance.
These regulations are set to come into force from July 01, 2022. However, the food businesses would be able to voluntarily use these provisions until such time period.
According to the FSSAI, stakeholders made a representation citing extension of timeline of the said regulations for compliance as various related regulations having labelling provisions related to the products, including direction related to nomenclature of blended edible vegetable oil, FSS (Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Food for Special Dietary Use, Food for Special Medical Purpose, and Novel Food) Amendment Regulations and direction regarding implementation of the food for infant nutrition are being enforced starting from April 01, 2022.
The notice read – “The timeline for mandatory compliance of the provisions related to labelling only is extended up to 1st July 2022. Till such time, food business operators may use the specified labelling provisions on a voluntary basis. However, products mentioned in these notifications/directions shall comply with the standards and all other requirements specified therein.
It was learnt that FSSAI has also considered a request from the industry to maintain status quo in respect of the tolerance limit for label-declared quantity of nutrients currently specified in the Packaging and Labelling Regulations of 2011, till the time a decision was taken on the finalization of the revized tolerance limits.
Further, the notice read – “In the context of tolerance limit for nutrients, the existing provisions of FSS (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011 shall prevail till a final decision was taken and “The compliance to quantity of declared nutrients on the label shall be according to the established practices.”