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Import of Blended edible Vegetable Oils without prior AGMARK Certification not allowed: CBIC [Read Circular]

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The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), on Friday, instructed that the import of blended edible vegetable oils without prior AGMARK certification is not allowed in India.

The Instruction further clarified that the Blended Edible Oils (BEVO) shall also comply with the rules and regulations made under the FSS Act.

In this respect, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued the Advisory with the subject in respect of the requirement of AGMARK Certification prior to import of Blended Edible Vegetable Oils (BEVO) and specified the sub-regulation 2.114(11) of Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011.

The sub-regulation 2.114(11) of Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011 provides that “(11) The Blended Edible Vegetable Oils shall not be sold in loose fiwni. It shall be sold in a sealed package weighing not more than 15 Kilograms. The container having blended edible vegetable oil shall be tamper-proof: It shall also not sell the common or generic name of the oil used in the blend but shall be sold as “Blended Edible Vegetable Oil”.

The sealed package shall be sold or offered for sale only under AGMARK certification mark hearing the label declarations as provided in the Regulations besides other labeling requirements wider the Regulation 2.-1.2 of Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) regulations, 2011.

“All Authorised Officers arc directed to ensure that the Blended Edible Vegetable Oils (BEVO) without AGMARK certification shall not be cleared through their respective point of entries and shall follow all procedure as mentioned in FSS (Import) Regulations, 2017 before clearance,” the Advisory dated July 7, 2020, said.

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