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FSSAI Registration Mandatory for Foreign Food Manufacturer’s facilities which export certain food

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently published a circular that makes registrations for foreign food production facilities that export specific food commodities, like meat, milk, and infant meals to India, essential. The new regulations will take effect on February 1, 2023. The FSSAI (Imports) First Amendment Regulations, 2021 will govern the registration process for foreign food production facilities in five food categories that seek to export these items to India, according to the circular. Let’s discuss the notification in detail.

FSSAI Registration Mandatory for Foreign Food Manufacturers

In a recent circular, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) made registrations for foreign food manufacturing facilities that export certain food products, such meat, milk, and infant formula, to India, mandatory. The updated rules will become operative on February 1, 2023.

The registration procedure for foreign food manufacturing facilities in five food categories that wish to export these commodities to India would be governed by the Food Safety and Standards (Imports) First Amendment Regulations, 2021, according to the circular.

For the purpose of exporting goods to India, such as milk and baby meals, the FSSA made registration with it a requirement for foreign food manufacturing facilities.

In its ruling, the FSSAI demanded that exporting nations' authorities give a list of current manufacturers and those who seek to export certain food products to India. Following that, the FSSAI would register such facilities in its portal based on the list submitted by the relevant authorities.

Food Safety and Standards (Imports) First Amendment Regulations, 2021

The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, a consolidated act pertaining to food safety and regulation in India, established the FSSAI as a statutory agency.

In November 2021, it gave notice of the Food Safety and Standards (Import) First Amendment Regulations, 2021, which went into effect on June 1 of the following year.

The procedure for registering foreign food manufacturing facilities for the purpose of exporting to India is outlined in the amendment policy as follows.

Which types of products are governed by the new FSSAI rules?

The following five kinds of food manufacturing facilities that export to India will be required to register:       

  •  Milk and milk-related items
  •  Meat and items made from it, such as chicken, fish, and their by-products.
  • Powdered egg
  • Nutraceuticals for infant food

Foreign food manufacturing facilities' registration

Before exporting to India, foreign food production facilities that come under certain categories and want to export such food goods must register with the Food Authority.

The foreign food production plant may submit an application for registration in "Form 16" of these regulations along with the supporting documentation listed in Annexure-1 and the applicable fee.

The FSSAI has requested all competent authorities of exporting foreign countries to render the list of existing manufacturers and those who intend to export these food products to India.

Processing for registration of foreign food manufacturing facilities

The applicant will be advised to provide any further information requested by the FSSAI upon review of the application or to complete the application, as applicable, within 30 days of receiving this notification if the application is incomplete. The application for registration of a foreign food manufacturing facility will be refused if the applicant does not provide the necessary information within the allotted 30-day period.

Further, on receipt of a complete application, including the additional data if asked, the FSSAI may process the application for inspection and issue registration or rejection of the application.

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  • 16-Nov-2022

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