The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued directions extending the time-period for compliance of provision of warning statement for ‘Pan Masala’. These directions were issued on 1st August, 2023.
It may be recalled that as per directions dated 22nd May, 2023, Pan Masala must have a declaration that “The warning statement must cover 50% of front-of-pack of the label”. The enforcement of this requirement was deferred for a period of 3 months from 1st May, 2023.
Subsequently, the FSSAI has received representation from association requesting an extension of time-period for compliance of this requirement. This is due to the desire to exhaust the packaging material having the existing warning and to arrange for the new packaging material.
The FSSAI has decided to further defer the enforcement of this requirement for a period of 3 months from 1st August, 2023.