Cloves, instant tea bags, coriander seeds are among the list of rejected food import consignments for the month of July.
As per a recently-released report by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), there were around 25 consignments that met with rejection as they did not meet the packaging and labeling norms and were of sub-standard quality along with the occurrence of insecticide deposits.
The rejected consignments originated from China, Chile, Egypt, Germany, Malaysia, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Tanzania, Vietnam, and the United Arab Emirates. The products rejected included broken and split cassia, cloves, arecanuts, cocoa powder, coriander seeds, fresh apples, frozen tuna, instant tea bags kiwis, oranges, barnsberry, lacto coated gem biscuit, etc.
As per the report, few of the consignments had inconsistency in non-rectifiable labeling like additional sticker label were stuck on the product not providing clear details like date of manufacturing and expiry, added flavours information were missing, printing mistake of wrong logo of veg with non-veg ingredients was printed.
As per the FSS regulations, in case of imported packaged food consignments, the following special consideration on labeling shall be allowed for the rectification at the custom bound warehouse by sticking a single non detachable sticker or by any other non-detachable method next to the principle display panel namely Name and address of the importer; Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s Logo and license number, Non-Veg or Veg Logo Category or sub category along with generic name, nature and composition for proprietary food.
Other rejected items had different criteria to be rejected like they were not stored in favourable storage conditions, sealed in plastic packaging, cartons had rotten fruits with fugal and mold growing on them, insects were detected in each cartons, missing nutritional information on the product label, non specified ingredients are mentioned on the label which does not comply with Food Safety and Standards (Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Food for Special Dietary Use, Food for Special Medical Purpose, Functional Food and Novel Food) Regulations, 2016.
An official representing FSSAI said, “In a month, less than 0.5 per cent of the consignments are usually rejected in testing. Rejections also happen on basis of visual inspection, if they do not comply with labeling and packaging standards.”
He added, “The sub-standard and bad-quality products are identified through visual inspection of the label and testing of the content through laboratory testing methods, and the rejected products are either re-exported or destroyed in the Customs’ hold area.”