FSSAI – the Indian food regulator has made it mandatory for foreign food manufacturing facilities to register with it for exporting products such as meat, milk and infant foods to India. This will be effective from February 1, 2023.
In an order issued, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said that it has been decided that registrations of foreign food manufacturing facilities, falling under five food categories, who are intended to export these products shall be mandatory.
These categories are milk and milk products; meat and meat products, including poultry, fish and their products; egg powder; infant food; and nutraceuticals.
The FSSAI has requested all competent authorities of exporting countries to provide the list of existing manufacturers and those who are intended to export these food products to India.
Based on information provided by them, the FSSAI will register these facilities on its portal.
Recently, the FSSAI has also issued draft regulations for ‘Front of the Pack Nutritional Labelling (FOPNL)’ with respect to nutritional ratings and asked stakeholders to comment on the same. The food regulator decided to go ahead with the health star ratings to be given to food products based on their nutritional values and now will be called ‘Indian Nutrition Rating (INR)’. Its logo will be in line with the logo of BEE Star ratings. The FSSAI draft calls for declaration of percentage of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes & millets if present in the food product and added dietary fibre as nutrient in the list for the nutritional labelling wherein all processed and packaged food products covered under the extant FSS Regulations are classified into three categories namely Category-I (Solid foods), Category-II (Liquid foods) and Category-III (Exempted from FOPNL).
The FSSAI has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, which is a consolidating statue related to food safety and regulation in India.