The talks between FSSAI & Importers could lead to a resolution on the food labeling compliance issue, as the representatives from various industry bodies of food importers like IIA, FIFI are in constant touch with the regulatory body and are expecting a solution on this matter.
Large stocks of imported food items are lying on the Indian ports & Airports since the time they had reached the Indian territory because such food products were found to be flawed on the mandatory labeling requirements. The regulatory body is strict this time ensuring the regulatory controls in compliance to the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
During past 2-3 months, the people might have missed out in acquiring their favorite chocolates & biscuits on various important festivals, similarly the importers have also suffered a lot due to their big investments on the imported food items. There have been many instances in the past where the substandard or the expiry food products were being sent to India due to high demand during festive season.
The major festivals are over and the importers are only looking to take advantage on Christmas this year. As per FSSAI guidelines, every imported food product has to be strictly approved on 100% food testing of all items, only then these food products are authorized for further distribution in the Indian Market. As per sources, there is a long list of applications which are lying with FSSAI, waiting for product approvals.
The important information like Product name, Brand, List of Ingredients, Mfg. Date, Exp. Date etc have to be printed on the label instead of affixing just a sticker in order to comply the labeling requirements. Hopefully, a viable solution to the current issue may be reached at but the food safety needs of the people should not be compromised.