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FSSAI to exempt fish and fishery export units from third-party audits
Tuesday, 14 September, 2021, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
As an interim measure, the FSSAI has decided to exempt fish and fishery processing units involved in exports, which are being inspected by the Export Inspection Agency under the Export Inspection Council, from third-party audits.

The food authority has issued a direction in this regard exempting such units until November 30, 2021.

“The fish and fishery processing units inspected by EIC shall be exempted from Third Party Audit until 30th November 2021, if they are able to provide a copy of EIC inspection report to FSSAI,” reads the order.

According to the FSSAI, the matter was examined in detail and it was an interim measure. Further, the food authority will be discussing the matter with the EIC before forming up the future course of action.

The matter was related to the inspection of the processing units of seafood exporters. The matter was represented by the Seafood Exporters Association of India before the FSSAI that these units were already examined and inspected by the EIC and therefore they should be exempted from the FSSAI inspection.

In their representation, the association stated that the fish and fishery processing units, which are approved by the EIC for export purposes, were regularly monitored by the Export Inspection Agencies covering all the aspects covered under the food safety regulations. And therefore these units may not be subjected to additional inspection by FSSAI.

Earlier, the FSSAI has issued a directive at several intervals regarding the mandatory audit of businesses holding Central Licences and falling under the six high risk categories defined by the FSSAI. Also, the regional directors were directed to ensure completion of the audits for the FBOs holding Central licence and falling under the six high risk categories, by August 20, 2021.
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