The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has notified regulations that prohibit sale of food for infant nutrition except under the BIS certification mark.

The regulations were notified as Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) First Amendment Regulations, 2022, and shall come into force from April 1, 2023.

The regulations read,”No person shall manufacture, sell, store or exhibit for sale food for infant nutrition, except under Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Certification Mark, wherever BIS standards are available.”

The draft was made available in September 2021 and after receiving objections and suggestions from the public, the draft was considered by the FSSAI for final notification.

According to FSSAI, food for infant nutrition includes food for infants based on traditional food ingredients, food for special medicinal purposes intended for infants, follow up formula, infant food, infant milk substitute, infant formula, milk cereal based complementary food and processed cereal based complementary food.

The FSSAI has notified the infant nutrition regulation in December 2020 and compliance with the provisions was started from April 2022, after giving time to the food businesses to make arrangements for the compliance with the provisions of these regulations. The previous date of compliance was July 1, 2021.