The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed to allow food businesses to import food products for Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM) conditions until June 2021, after which the FBOs require to abide by the notified guidelines. In this article, we will discuss FSSAI furnishes FBOs to import Inborn Errors of Metabolism food products.
FSSAI allows FBOs to import Inborn Errors
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued the notification to allow food businesses to import food commodities for Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM) conditions until June 2021, after which the FBOs require to comply with the notified regulations.
The FSSAI has issued a regulation in this regard stating that the previous direction is superseded by this notification, and it has planned to permit the import of foods commodities for IEM condition, till 30th June 2021.
As per the FSSAI, in the inadequacy of the standards, as an interim measure, IEM foods were provided based on direction under Section 16 (5) of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
Further Notification by FSSAI
However, the recently notified Food Safety and Standards (Foods for Infant Nutrition) Regulations, 2020 combines the standards of Foods for Infants with IEM and Hypoallergenic infant milk substitutes and the same will be implementable from 1st July 2021. Thus, it is applicable till 30th June 2021. Thereafter, FBOs including importers are permitted to market these foods following the specified standards under aforesaid regulations.
The FSSAI has also laid a requirement for the import of such food products, which says that the importing firm, in advance, would submit to FSSAI all the essential documents associated with the composition, label and claims for the product they intend to import. FSSAI after due examination would permit the import of such foods on a case to case basis.
The laid condition also attached that labels on these foods shall precisely state the medical conditions for which they have to be used. And, the importer/manufacturer of such foods shall make sure that they are employed only under health care professionals’ prescription.
Further, it has essential to mention that under Section 16 (5) of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 dated 2nd November 2016 for two years or till their standards are notified, whichever has earlier concerning import and production of foods need for the administration of Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM) and Hypoallergenic Provisions.
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