Regulatory Changes in FMCG Industry

FMCG Related Updates Till 5th June, 2020

 

FMCG related Extensions till date:

Document Title Central / State Date Issued Valid Till
FSSAI extends timeline for import of Food for Special Medical Purpose for Inborn Errors of Metabolism and Hypoallergenic Conditions till 1st November, 2020 or till standards for the same are notified Central 20th April, 2020 2nd May, 2020 till 1st November, 2020
Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, FSSAI extends timeline for submitting Annual & Half-yearly returns by FBOs involved in manufacturing/processing (including relabellers / repackers) till 31st July, 2020 Central 11th April, 2020 31st July, 2020
FSSAI extends direction regarding Provisional NOC (P-NOC) to other imported food product till 30th May, 2020 or till further orders, whichever is earlier in light of prevailing pandemic Central 2 Notifications:
i. 3rd April, 2020
ii. 16th April, 2020
30th May, 2020
FSSAI issues directions regarding display of “Date of Manufacturing” & “Best Before date” In case of sweets Central 21st May, 2020 1st August, 2020
FBOs provided grace period to apply for renewal of licence/registration till 30th June, 2020 Central 13th April, 2020 30th June, 2020

 

FMCG related Exemptions till date:

Document Title Central / State Date Issued Valid Till
FSSAI informs that food imported into India including from the Corona virus affected countries is safe for human consumption Central 6th March, 2020 No end date specified
Essential services i.e. Import clearance of Food Items and FSSAI notified Food Testing Laboratories (including National Food Laboratories) to function normally amidst COVID-19 outbreak; says FSSAI Central 25th March, 2020 15th April, 2020
 Services relating to Import Clearance of Food items to remain operational amidst COVID -19 pandemic; FSSAI marks it as an essential service Central No date specified No date specified
 FSSAI allows FBOs other than manufacturers to temporarily operate their food business on the basis of an application for license/registration, during the period of the lockdown Central 31st March, 2020 No end date specified
FSSAI allows e-inspection of food units for the purpose of granting FSSAI license/registration during the COVID-19 lockdown Central 31st March, 2020 No end date specified
FSSAI rolls out SOP for obtaining licenses / registrations in situations like complete lockdown of internet services, natural calamities, or unforeseen technical glitch encountered in the online licensing system Central 15th April, 2020 No end date specified
FSSAI clarifies that there is no evidence of COVID-19 spread from food Central 5th May, 2020 No date specified
FSSAI takes several steps to facilitate food industry during the lockdown period Central 12th May, 2020 No date specified
DPIIT issues instructions to all State Authorities not to obstruct and call for closure of food processing units so that uninterrupted supply of food for citizens is maintained Central 23rd March, 2020 No date specified
Operational Guidelines for essential factories/industries such as pharmaceuticals, masks, sanitizers, ventilators, COVID kits and essential food products across Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh 24th March, 2020 No date specified
Order by Karnataka Government exempting certain industries from the lockdown Karnataka 24th March, 2020 14th April, 2020
Haryana Government has listed down essential industries / services which are exempted from lockdown Haryana 25th March, 2020 14th April, 2020
Ministry of Food Processing Industries suggests list of essential foods which should be continued to be manufactured, transported, distributed and sold. Central 26th March, 2020 No date specified
WB Govt. order on movement of personnel and supply of essential commodities West Bengal 26th March, 2020 14th April, 2020
The Department of Home Affairs & Justice, Government of Punjab has issued a notice  mentioning the amendments in MHA guidelines which has added some activities to the exempted categories Punjab 22nd April, 2020 No end date specified
FSSAI requests State to issue movement pass to the FSSAI recognised private food laboratories. Central 20th April, 2020 No date specified
The District Magistrate, District Sirmaur at Nathan Himachal Pradesh  has issued certain additions to its earlier order dated 03-05-2020 on the permissions on the district. Himachal Pradesh 6th May, 2020 No end date specified
FSSAI ensures uninterrupted food business operations during the COVID-19 by a Press Release dated 23rd April 2020 Central 23rd April, 2020 No end date specified

 

FMCG related New Requirements till date:

Document Title Central / State Date Issued Valid Till
FBOs to directly make online payment for FSSAI Registration Certificates by visiting the website : https://foodlicensing.fssai.gov.in; facility of CSC e-portal closed Central 4th March, 2020 No end date specified
FSSAI states actionable points related to counterfeiting of food items; e-commerce players to put a mechanism to prevent sale of counterfeit & illegal imported goods on their platforms Central 9th March, 2020 No end date specified
FSSAI specifies validity period of the notified NABL accredited laboratories for the purpose of carrying out the analysis of food sample taken under the Food Safety and Standards Act and Rules Central 6th April, 2020 No end date specified
FSSAI directs operationalization of Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Amendment Regulations, 2020, with immediate effect; enforcement of regulations will Central 27th March, 2020 No end date specified
FSSAI lays down specific measures to be followed by FBOs in addition to existing measures under the FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011 amidst COVID-19 pandemic Central 16th April, 2020 No end date specified
FSSAI comes out with a guidance note consisting certain guidelines for employees/food handlers working in food establishments to prevent spread of COVID-19 Central No date specified No date specified
FSSAI recapitulates list of steps taken to ensure supply chains are working in full flow and there is no shortage of food in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic period Central 23rd April, 2020 No date specified
FSSAI rolls out guidelines for food traders to follow with regard to food hygiene and cleanliness amidst COVID-19 pandemic Central 22nd April, 2020 No date specified
FSSAI initiates training for Food Businesses to Mitigate Covid-19 Central 15th April, 2020 No date specified
FSSAI takes steps to facilitate Food Business Operators (FBOs) to function during the onset of COVID-19 Central 4th May,2020 No date specified
FSSAI directs FBOs to submit the summary of published scientific data in specified format Central 5th May, 2020 No date specified
FSSAI lays down specific measures to be followed by FBOs in addition to existing measures under the FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011 amidst COVID-19 pandemic Central 15th April, 2020 30th May, 2020
FSSAI rolls out FAQs on FSS(Nutraceutical Regulations); Organic Food; Advertising & Claims on Food Products; FSS( Approval of non-specified food and food Ingredients); Milk & Milk products Central 6th May, 2020 No date specified
FSSAI introduces ePayment Portal for payment of fees for different divisions of FSSAI Central Date not specified No date specified
FSSAI issues Corrigendum to make changes to scores of audit questions in checklist for inspection of FBOs Central 14th May, 2020 No date specified
FSSAI launches Food Safety and Compliance System- FoSCos; manufacturers have to modify their license & choose from the available list of standardized products Central 28th May, 2020 No date specified
FSSAI directs importers and FBOs engaged in import of Golden Syrup/Invert Sugar Syrup/Rice Syrup to submit necessary documentation with regard to manufacturer and end user Central 26th May, 2020 No date specified
Govt of Meghalaya issues advisory on selling food items in Shillong district Meghalaya 30th March, 2020 No date specified
FSSAI allows e-inspection of food units for the purpose of granting FSSAI license/registration during the COVID-19 lockdown Central 31st March, 2020 Order operational only during the lockdown period
FSSAI issues press release to reiterate the launch of food safety compliance online platform ‘Food Safety Compliance System’ (FoSCoS) Central 1st June, 2020 No date specified

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