FSSAI to permit IEM food products import till further orders

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has decided to extend the permission to import food products for Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM) until further orders. Imports of IEM foods listed by the FSSAI were allowed till March 31, 2022, through a notification in 2021.

FSSAI in an order stated, “The Food Authority has approved the list of IEM conditions. The list will come into effect from 1st April 2022. Till such time, the direction issued on 30.06.2021 will continue to be in force”. The food authority was approached by the stakeholders seeking clarity on the issue related to the import of IEM food products. Under the FSS (Food for Infant Nutrition) Regulation 2020, no food business operator shall manufacture, market or import products for IEM conditions except those specified by the food authority.

In the June 2021 direction, FSSAI has also laid conditions for the import of such food products. The importing firm would submit to FSSAI well in advance, all the necessary documents related to the composition, label and claims for the product they intend to import. FSSAI after due examination, would allow the import of such foods on a case to case basis.

Also, labels on these foods shall clearly mention the medical conditions for which they have to be used while the importer or manufacturer of such foods shall ensure that they are consumed only under supervision of health care professionals.