KOREAN FDA TO ACCEPT EXPORT INSPECTION COUNCIL’S CERTIFICATION OF AGRICULTURAL &
FOOD PRODUCTS EXPORTED TO REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Date : 21 Dec 2004
Location : New Delhi
he Korean Food & Drug Administration (KFDA) has agreed to accept the Export Inspection Council (EIC) of India’s certification of agricultural and food products exported to the Republic of Korea.
EIC is an autonomous statutory body under Ministry of Commerce & Industry constituted for the sound development of export trade of India through quality control and inspection and other related matters. It performs these activities through the five Export Inspection Agencies (EIAs), one each at Chennai, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata and Mumbai.
KFDA is a food import regulatory agency of Korea which verifies through the process of laboratory testing, whether the food products imported into the Korean market meet the standard and specifications laid down under their Food Sanitation Act (Food Code or Food Additive Code). KFDA also operates a scheme under Food Sanitation Act to recognise/authorise foreign official laboratories and for recognition of inspection certificates or certificates of laboratory test results, if these meet their Standards in this regard. Under this Scheme, EIC had applied for recognition of its various EIAs to KFDA. A team of KFDA officials inspected these laboratories as required in their act and has approved the EIAs along with their laboratories at Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai and Kolkata for inspection and certification of various agricultural and food products for export to Republic of Korea. These items include marine products, processed spice goods, processed nuts, supplementary health tea, beverage, honey, jam, sauce, sugar syrup, edible oil, fat etc. It has been agreed that once conformity of these products vis-à-vis Food Law of Republic of Korea is established through inspection/testing, the concerned EIAs would issue Inspection Certificate/Health Certificate, which would be accepted by Korean authorities on arrival of these commodities in Korea. Item carrying certificates from these EIAs would not be subjected to any further laboratory testing in Korea as per their Food Sanitation Act and would be allowed uninterrupted entry.
For further details about the scheme and its operation, exporters may approach EIC or its Regional Offices, the Export Inspection Agencies (EIAs) addresses of which are available at EIC’s website (www.eicindia.org). Details of the scheme are also available on EICs website.