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FSSAI is extending the IEM food import permit until March 31 of next year

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has decided to extend the import permit for food for congenital metabolic disorders (IEM) until March 31st next year.

The earlier period ended on June 1st, 2021.

The FSSAI had approved the import of such foods in November 2016 until the standards were drawn up and notified. Now the standards have been notified, the FBOs have been given until 1 ril 2022 to import the IEM foods listed by the FSSAI by 31 March 2022.

The Reason, FSSAI says the foods for infants with IEM and hypoallergenic infant milk substitutes are now notified under the Food for Infant Nutrition (FSS) 2020 regulations and the FBOs should adhere to their regulations by July 1, 2021.

However, since the deadlines for compliance with the standards mentioned were extended to ril 2022, the FBOs were allowed to import such IEM products under certain conditions until March 31, 2022.

The FSSAI has established conditions for the import of such foodstuffs, which include that the importing company provides the FSSAI in a timely manner with all necessary documents relating to the composition, label and information for the product they wish to import. The FSSAI would allow such foods to be imported on a case-by-case basis.

The FSSAI instruction reads: „Once a certain composition, labeling and indication has been approved for import by the FSSAI, future shipments that strictly adhere to the requirements can be imported based on that one-time approval.”

Also, the conditions have been added that the labels on these foods must clearly state the medical conditions for which they are to be used. In addition, the importer or manufacturer of such foods must ensure that they are only consumed under the supervision of healthcare professionals.

These conditions also apply to domestically produced food specialties for which the FSSAI grants approval after appropriate examination.