Statutory Provisions for Import of Articles of Food
Section 25 of the FSS Act, 2006 provides that no person shall import into India –
any unsafe or misbranded or sub-standard food or food containing extraneous matter;
any article of food for the import of which a licence is required under any Act or rules or regulations, except in accordance with the conditions of the licence; and
any article of food in contravention of any other provision of this Act or of any rule or regulation made thereunder or any other Act.
The Act further provides that the Central Government shall, while prohibiting, restricting or otherwise regulating import of article of food under the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992, follow the standards laid down by the Food Authority under the provisions of this Act and the Rules and regulations made thereunder.
India Specific Labelling Norms- Tricky for Food Importers
Reportedly, the regulations of labelling imposed on imported food products have been a consistent matter of controversy as it was difficult for the food importers to comply with India specific labelling norms such as brown and green dots to separate vegetarian and non-vegetarian items as well as nutritional information, source and product origin.
In November, 2013, the FSSAI had banned several food consignments at ports wherein the Authority insisted that pasting of stickers is not allowed. Instead, it wanted details printed on the product pack before they were shipped to India.
As a consequence of the stringent law over 200 tonnes of imported gourmet chocolates from around the world, including brands such as Godiva, Guylian, Lindt and Mars, were banned at Indian ports and airports.
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