In a recent development, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made a significant decision to extend the compliance period for the provision of the warning statement related to ‘Pan Masala.’ This move comes in the wake of representations received from various associations, federations, and industry stakeholders, who have sought additional time to comply with the specified amendment.
The initial direction, issued on 22.05.2023 (F.No. REG-17/1/2023- Regulation-FSSAI), deferred the enforcement of the ‘Note’ concerning Pan Masala, specifically stating that “The warning statement must cover 50% of the front-of-pack label” in Schedule-II of the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Second Amendment Regulations, 2022. This deferral was for three months from the enforcement date of 1st May 2023.
Following this, a subsequent direction (F. No. REG-17/1/2023-Regulation-FSSAI) dated 01.08.2023 extended the deferment for an additional three months from 1st August 2023, allowing businesses more time to prepare for compliance.
Considering the industry’s requests and after thorough deliberation, FSSAI has now decided to grant a further extension to the compliance period. The enforcement of the ‘Note’ about Pan Masala will be deferred for an additional six months, starting from 1st November 2023. This decision, made with the approval of the Competent Authority, is in line with the powers conferred under Section 16 (5) of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
This extension aims to provide businesses with the necessary time to adjust and implement the required changes, allowing them to effectively utilize or exhaust existing packaging material inventory. FSSAI remains committed to ensuring a smooth transition for industry players while upholding the highest standards of food safety and labeling regulations. Stakeholders are encouraged to stay informed and prepare for compliance within the revised time frame.