Through a notification dated 20 October, 2020 the FSSAI has Gazette Notified the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Second Amendment Regulations 2020 related to removal of the clause regarding mandatory certification of Agmark for certain food products. These amendments shall come into force on their publication in the official gazette.
In the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulations 2011, in regulation 2.3 Prohibition and Restriction on sale of certain products the following sub-regulations 2.3.2, 2.3.9 and sub-regulation 2.3.10 shall be omitted.
These omitted sub-regulation clauses are as follows: 2.3.2 Restriction on sale of Carbia Callosa and Honey dew.:Carbia Callosa and Honey dew shall be sold only in sealed containers bearing Agmark seal.
2.3.9: Restriction on sale of Til Oil produced in Tripura, Assam and West Bengal. Til Oil (Sesame Oil) obtained from white sesame seeds, grown in Tripura, Assam and West
Bengal having different standards than those specified for til oil shall be sold in sealed containers bearing Agmark label. Where this til oil is sold or offered for sale without bearing an Agmark label, the standard given for til oil shall apply.
2.3.10 Restriction on sale of Kangra tea. Kangra tea shall be sold or offered for sale only after it is graded and marked in accordance with the provisions of the Agricultural Produce (Grading and Marking) Act, 1937 (1 of 1937) and the regulations made there under.
This means that the following food products, Carbia Callosa and Honey dew, Til Oil produced in Tripura, Assam and West Bengal and Kangra tea will not require an Agmark certification once the amendment comes into force. Before the amendment, these products required a mandatory Agmark certification or they could not be sold.
Source : FSSAI