New Integrated Veterinary Health Certificate To Be Implemented

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has reiterated the implementation of the Integrated Veterinary Health Certificate. This certificate will be implemented for the import of milk and milk products into the country. This order was issued on March 19, 2024.

Previously, FSSAI mandated the requirement of a Health Certificate for imported food consignments, including milk and milk products. However, after consultations, the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) and FSSAI introduced an Integrated Veterinary Health Certificate. This new certificate encompasses both the food safety requirements laid down by FSSAI and the sanitary requirements of DAHD.

To facilitate trade and accommodate concerns from trading partners, DAHD has extended the transition period for implementing this new requirement. The DAHD’s Order dated 3rd January 2024 has extended the deadline for compliance to June 30, 2024.

From 30th June 2024 onwards, post-import clearance will be issued only to imported consignments of milk and milk products that are accompanied by the Integrated Veterinary Health Certificate.

This regulatory change aims to enhance the safety and quality of imported milk and milk products. It ensures adherence to both food safety and sanitary standards. To avoid any disruptions in trade operations, stakeholders must comply with the new regulations within the stipulated timeframe .