CBIC clarifies on rectifiable labelling of information for imported food consignments

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The Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) has issued a notice on rectifiable labelling of information for imported food consignments.

The CBIC states that FSSAI has issued order stating:

“to facilitate ease of trade while ensuring the safety of food imported into India, all non compliant labels on imported food consignment may be permitted for rectification at port itself. This rectification has to be carried out at Customs bound warehouse, 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. This Authorised Officer/his representative shall verify the label compliance during visual inspection and the consignment shall be subjected to sampling and testing only if it is compliant on labelling requirements as per the FSS Regulations.” The labels on imported food consignments which are found to be non-compliant by laboratory during analysis, the importer may rectify the label and the concerned AO (Authorised Officer)/his representative shall verify the compliance and issue the No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the said consignment.

All Principal Chief Commissioner/ Chief Commissioner of Customs/Customs (Preventive) / Customs and Central Taxes, All Principal Commissioner of Customs/ Customs (Preventive) Pr. Director /Director Generals under CBIC are instructed to inform the officers under their jurisdiction to implement the above.

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