The FSSAI has said that all labelling deficiencies on imported food consignment may be permitted for rectification in the Custom bonded warehouse, except the Lot No. / Code No. / Batch identification, Date Marking [Date of manufacture or packaging” and “Expiry/Use by/Best Before] and Country of Origin for Imported Foods.

According to the food authority, this information cannot be changed/rectified.

The FSSAI has issued an order, in this regard, saying that the label rectification has to be carried out at Customs bonded 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.

And the authorised officer/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.

Manvesh Kumar, Director, Imports, FSSAI, said, “The modifications are done to facilitate ease of doing business while ensuring the safety of food imported into India. This office order supersedes all previous orders issued in this regard.”