The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“FSSAI”) has issued a notification dated October 10, 2022, mandating compulsory registration of foreign food manufacturing facilities as per Regulation 18(1) of the Food Safety and Standards (Import) First Amendment Regulations, 2021, with effect from February 1, 2023.
Facilities manufacturing food under the categories of milk, meat, poultry, fish, egg powder, infant food, nutraceuticals, and related products are required to register themselves with the FSSAI mandatorily.
In addition, competent authorities of exporting countries are required to provide the FSSAI with a list of existing manufacturers intending to export the specified food products to India to register the facility. The facilities shared in the list will be registered by the FSSAI at its portal.
The circular was issued to raise the quality requirements of products shipped to India in line with international standards for food and safety.