FSSAI classifies import clearance and food testing labs as essential services

The country’s food regulator ensures smoother operations of essential services

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Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) has classified the import clearance of food items and functioning of notified food testing laboratories (including National Food Labs) under the COVID-19.

All personnel who are assigned the charge of the above essential services are required to be available in the office on all working days from Monday to Friday between 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM to facilitate the trade as well as ensure smoother operation of related services across the country.

FSSAI has offices at 6 locations, namely Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Cochin, and Tuticorin. All these offices are fully operational for scrutiny of applications, visual inspection and sampling for import clearance to ensure expeditious processing of applications and timely issuance of no objection certificate (NOC). Therefore, all importers are advised to inform their clearing agents accordingly.

Food importers facing any problem or need any further clarification in this regard may be advised to contact FSSAI’s regional offices or email their queries at import@fssai.gov.in. The details of various regional offices are available on the website. FSSAI is keeping a close watch on the situation.

It will continue to assist food importers as well as ensure regular supervision and testing of food items and will take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of food products.

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