All the imported food items will be required to have a shelf life of minimum 60% or at least three months before it expires, proposed by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). To enforce this and not to allow import of any food item that does not meet this condition, the food safety regulator has asked the customs officers.
Customs shall unclear any article of food unless it has a real life expectancy of not less than 60 % or three several weeks before expiration whatever is less at the time of import, said by a draft notification released by FSSAI.
On the label of the food item, Shelf life should be printed which is the period from the date of manufacture to the ‘best before use’ or ‘date of expiry’. As some of the imported foodstuffs that have come to India had very less shelf life, so this move comes into function.
With the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, the food importer will have to register and should have a valid import-export code, said by a notice of notice. FSSAI shall also profile the importer, custom house agent, and imported product, a manufacturer of the imported product, origin country, and source country of the consignment, port of entry and compliance history. From authorized agencies in exporting countries, the importer will have to submit a certificate of sanitary export for the categories of food as will be specified by the food safety regulation, said by the draft.
If found unsafe for usage, for recalling food products from markets, Just a few days back FSSAI had issued guidelines. On the manufacturers and distributors, the guidelines have put the responsibility of implementing any recall. In case any serious health issues arise the license of food companies would be reviewed, FSSAI also told this.