Till 31st December 2018, the Government of India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will allow imported organic products to enter India with a non-detachable sticker of FSSAI’s organic logo, as required under Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulations, 2017. Absent the FSSAI organic logo, imported organic food products will not be allowed entry into India. After 31st December 2018, the imported organic food shall have to bear all the labeling requirements as per Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulations, 2017.
All food products imported into India and which claim to be organic must comply with the applicable provisions laid down in the FSS Act, 2006 and the Food Safety Standards (Organic Foods) Regulations, 2017. On 29th June 2017, FSSAI to make it convenient for the food business operators to comply with the Regulation, had decided to allow the use of non-detachable stickers in respect of FSSAI’s organic logo as the requirement under regulation 5 (1) of the FSS (Organic Foods) Regulations, 2017 up to 30 September 2018. FSSAI has issued an order on 21 August 2018 through which it has extended the date for the use of non-detachable sticker with respect to FSSAI’s organic logo up to 31 December 2018 for imported food consignments.
Import consignments claimed as organic and which were exported prior to 31 August 2018 may also be given relaxation for compliance of the Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulation 2017. Earlier order had said that the consignments claimed as organic food items, which were exported from other countries before 01 July 2018, but which reached India after 1 July 2018 were to be given relaxation for compliance to the FSS (Organic Foods) Regulations, 2017.However, other conditions as given in the order dated 25 July 2018 and the directions dated 29 June 2017 shall remain the same.