The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has stated it would not continue with the process of product approvals, citing a order, thereby allowing food and health care products to be launched freely in the market.

The FSSAI notification said, “It is no longer possible for the FSSAI to continue with the process of product approvals, which was facilitated through the advisory dated May 11, 2013, in view of the order dated August 19, 2015, of the Supreme Court, whereby the judgment and the order dated August 1 of the Bombay High Court has gained finality and the said advisory has ceased to remain operative.”

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Food companies have been upset with the regulator for delayed approvals and vetting. The industry’s concerns peaked after the FSSAI in June ordered the recall of Nestlé India’s Maggi noodles. The Bombay High Court earlier this month asked Nestlé to have its instant noodles tested in three accredited laboratories.

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