Clearing Procedure for Imported Betel Nut/Areca Nut under Food Safety and Standards Regulations

Nov 23, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had prescribed the standards for import of Betel Nut/Areca Nut under Regulation 2.3.55 of Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 and also in Chapter 2 of Food Safety & Standards (Contaminants, Toxins & Residues) Regulations 2011. Further, limits of aflatoxin as 15 µg/kg in areca not is prescribed in the Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulation, 2011 through amendment dated December 27, 2017.

Areca nut, the fruit of the areca palm (Areca catechu), commonly referred to as betel nut is prone to the formation of fungal growth during various stages of its production, storage and transportation. Accordingly, it has been decided that the consignments of imported Betel/Arena Nut shall not be cleared through Risk Management System (RMS) and all the imported consignments shall be subjected to 100% sampling and testing. Also, FSSAI's Authorised Officers and Customs officials notified as-Authorised Officers by FSSAI are hereby advised to be vigilant and strictly ensure the compliance of above mentioned FSS Regulations before clearance of consignments of imported areca/betel nuts.

[File No.1 -1600/FSSAI/Imports/2016 (Part 18)]



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