The Food Authority has decided to allow food importers to rectify labels of imported food consignments but with a condition that it can only be done at the Customs-bound warehouses and only ‘non-compliant’ labels can be rectified.

The FSSAI has issued an order, in this regard, which says that with a view to facilitate ease of trade while ensuring the safety of food imported into India, based on the provisions under Rule 6(4) of FSS (Import) Regulations, 2017, it has been decided by the Competent Authority that all ‘non-compliant’ labels on imported food consignments may be permitted for rectification at port itself.

The order added that the Authorised Officer shall confirm the label compliance during the visual inspection whether or not it was in accordance with the provisions of the FSS Act.

“This rectification has to be carried out at Customs-bound warehouses, before visual inspection or re-inspection by the Authorised Officer or his representative, by affixing a single non-detachable sticker or by any other non-detachable method,” reads the order while adding that the Authorised Officer or his representative shall verify the label compliance during visual inspection and the consignment shall be subject to sampling and testing only if it is compliant on labelling requirements as per the FSS Regulations.