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FSSAI bans import of food items with less than 60% shelf life

Shelf life means the period between the date of manufacture and the Date of expiry

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

FSSAI bans import of food items with less than 60% shelf life

Imported with less than 60 per cent of left will not be allowed to enter Indian market as per the new issued by regulator

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of (FSSAI) has notified the Food Safety and Standards (Import) Regulation 2017, making it mandatory for importers to obtain its license.

"We are happy that has been able to finalise the for of This will bring an end to all uncertainties regarding food into the country," CEO Agarwal told PTI.

In the new regulations, which was notified earlier this month, the FSSAI said: "No article of food shall be cleared from the customs unless it has a valid of not less than 60 per cent at the time of import".

means the period between the date of manufacture and the 'Best Before' or 'Date of expiry', whichever is earlier as printed on the label, FSSAI said.

It specified that no person shall import any food article without an import license from the Central Licensing Authority in accordance with the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011.

FSSAI said it has brought the regulation with an aim to streamline the process of clearance of imported food in an efficient and transparent manner.

These lay down the procedure for clearance of food products imported into

It includes provisions related to licensing of food importer; clearance of imported food by the Food Authority; storage, inspection and sampling of imported food.

Besides, the new regulations have provisions for laboratory analysis of samples of imported food, prohibition and restriction on food imports, and amenable food labelling provision for ease of trade.

"The regulation also specifies the scheme for risk based sampling of imported food articles, which facilitates ease of doing business while not compromising the health of Indian public," the regulator said.

FSSAI further said that its officials at the customs can reject consignments which do not comply with the provisions of Labeling and Packaging Regulations, 2011 at the visual inspection, without drawing any sample.

However, these rules will not apply to individuals bringing for personal use provided that the value of such products does not exceed the amount allowed by customs from time to time.

First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 20:11 IST