Breakthrough in Indian labelling for duty free?
Following a recent legal action by one retailer in India, the industry could be seeing the light at the end of what has been a long dark tunnel. The High Court in Mumbai has given a 6 month stay until March 2015, ruling in favour of the duty free retailer after a writ was filed seeking interim relief. The Indian Food Safety Standards Association (FSSAI) has yet to respond.
The ruling orders the FSSAI to give No Objection Certificates to the retailer and clear all consignments without applying the FSSAI acts and rules. The ruling also restrains the FSSAI and its officers from applying the act, its rules and regulations on the retailer and any goods sold in its duty free shops.
While this is only a temporary ruling and pending final judgement, it is a considerable breakthrough in what has been a long process, where discussions with the FSSAI directly have proved to be fruitless.
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