Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has framed draft Food Safety and Standards (Import) Amendment Regulations, 2018 related to issuance of provisional no objection certificates for import of pre-packaged retail food articles.
The Draft Food Safety and Standards (Import) Second Amendment Regulations, 2018 shall be operational from May 01, 2018. They shall come into force on the date of their final publication in the Official Gazette.
In the Food Safety and Standards (Import) Regulations, 2017,-
1. in regulation 9, after the sub-regulation (3), the following shall be inserted, namely:-
· "(3a) In case of imported pre-packaged retail food article, the Authorized Officer after successful completion of visual inspection and sampling, may issue a provisional no objection certificate to move the food consignment to a well equipped storage facility.
· (3b) For the purpose of sub-regulation (3a), the Authorized Officer shall take a declaration from importer in Form '13 A' and importer shall sell such pre-packaged food article only after the issuance of no objection certificate by the Authorized Officer."
2. after Form 13, Form 13A: Declaration regarding issue of provisional no objection certificate for imported pre-packaged retail food consignment, shall be inserted.
The draft regulations are in the process of being notified and the process of draft notification, consideration of comments, if any that may be received thereon and the finalization of these regulations is likely to take some time.
Meanwhile, keeping in mind the need to reduce the time taken in the process of clearance of imported food articles so as to facilitate the ease of doing business, it has been decided to operationalise these regulations with immediate effect.
[File No. 1-1715/FSSAI/Imports/2017]