India issues clarification notice regarding food imports - GAIN

Compliance is effective as of November 1
calendar icon 26 October 2022
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On September 26, 2022, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare/Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued a clarification notice to its earlier notification F. No. 1829/Health Certificate/FSSAI/Imports (2021). 

According to a recent USDA GAIN report, the FSSAI clarification notice is in response to World Trade Organization (WTO) members having commented on the FSSAI Order of August 8, 2022, referencing the earlier FSSAI Notification No. 1829/Health Certificate/FSSAI/Imports (2021), that specify the requirements for health certificates and their format for milk and milk products, pork and pork products, and fish and fish products.

The FSSAI communicates that it will proceed to accept for the import of milk and milk products, pork and pork products, and fish and fish products that use an integrated/single health certificate. This certificate must incorporate all FSSAI mandated food safety related requirements/ attestations necessary for import clearance in India. 

The compliance date is unchanged and is effective November 1, 2022.

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