The deadline for commercial feeds or feed material to comply with the applicable Indian standards meant for meat- and milk-producing animals has been extended by the Government of India and the Food Safety & Standard Authority of India. On January 27, 2020, this directive was given on the compliance of commercial feeds or feed materials under Section 16(5) of the Food Safety & Standard Act, 2006. The feed or feed material standard for animals designed to produce meat and milk was developed by the BIS in 2009. The appropriate BIS Standard for Cattle Feed must comply with commercial feeds or feed ingredients as of December 2019 under FSSAI regulations. Only products with the BIS Certification Mark may be manufactured, imported, sold, and distributed. Because feed and fodder are the main sources of contaminants, the FSSAI issued these guidelines and recognised the importance of regulatory control of animal feeds.
The deadline for stakeholders to implement the BIS requirement to carry the BIS Certification mark on the product label for commercial feeds/feed ingredients intended for meat- and milk-producing animals was extended by the Government of India (GOI) and FSSAI until January 1, 2021. But to meet demands from industry stakeholders, the deadline was extended to July 1, 2021, due to the COVID-19 epidemic and subsequent state-wide lockdown in early 2020. However, the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak made it harder for stakeholders to obtain Certification or licensure. BIS has decided to extend the timeline for compliance with the provisions of the direction as mentioned above for those businesses whose applications for BIS licensing /Certification of their product are currently pending until January 1, 2022. Cattle feeds are covered under IS 2052: 2009. This standard specifies the requirements and the sampling and testing methods for cattle feeds for cattle, buffaloes and working bullocks. This blog will discuss BIS Standards for Cattle Feed: BIS Certification Process and Guidelines.
BIS Standards for Cattle Feed: why BIS Certificate?
Whether a person can trust the product or the company from which the product bears the name arises with each purchase, whether it be for food, cars, electronics, or unbranded goods. Are there any criteria by which one can judge the luxury, quality, or grade of the product one is about to purchase, and if so, who sets these criteria? How will your client know they can trust your company’s name and its products? BIS Certification is useful in this situation. In India, consumers consider BIS Certification a symbol of reliability. The BIS Certificate enables manufacturers to reassure customers about their products’ reliability, safety, and quality. Although the BIS Certification Scheme is primarily voluntary, some products are covered by the BIS’s mandatory certification program.
BIS Standards for Cattle Feed: Documents Required to Obtain BIS Certification
Following are some vital documents required to get BIS Certification for Cattle Feed in India:
- Name & address proof of office & factory premises
- MSME/SSI certificate, if any
- Manufacturing procedure flow covering all manufacturing processes (from raw material to finished product stage)
- Document showing the establishment of manufacturing premises such as Incorporation Certificate/Registration Certificate/Memorandum of Association, etc.
- Information on outsourcing of manufacturing operations (if applicable)
- A complete list of testing facilities & list of testing machinery
- Copies of valid calibration certificates of testing equipment
- Manufacturing equipment list, along with the machinery details
- Third-party lab product test report according to Indian Standards (if applicable)
- Layout plan of factory premises and location plan of the factory
- If the authorised signatory signs the application form, the authorisation letter by the CEO (authorised signatory’s name).
- In-house/ independent test report, if any.
- In the case of foreign or overseas manufacturing, the nomination details of the Indian agent & the nomination form
BIS Standards for Cattle Feed: Procedure to Obtain BIS Certification
The BIS ISI Certification for the Acetic Acid process generally involves registration & surveillance processes. The following steps are involved in the BIS Certification process:
Step 1: First, the manufacturers need to submit the application for BIS Certification for Cattle Feed.
Step 2: The BIS officer & a certified inspection team will visit the factory for a preliminary inspection.
Step 3: The product samples will be tested or examined in BIS Certified labs after the preliminary inspection.
Step 4: After completion of the evaluation or inspection, the BIS officers will derive the final result of the application for BIS Certification.
After the inspection procedure is done, the inspecting BIS officers will conduct the surveillance process to conduct a complete factory inspection. The following steps are required in the surveillance procedure:
Step1: The inspecting authority will visit the factory premise to examine the product test results
Step 2: The inspecting BIS officer will send the samples of the product to the independent labs
Step 3: The Product samples test report will give feedback/brief the complaint on the investigation
Step 4: The performance review test report will be prepared
Step 5: Once the test report is reviewed or checked, the BIS ISI Certification is granted
BIS Standard for Cattle Feed: Testing Requirements for BIS Certification
The following tests will be required as prescribed in the standard:
- Test of Ingredients
- Test for the chemical composition of ingredients
- Estimation of Vitamin E
- Estimation of Vitamin D3
- Estimation of Aflatoxin B1
Note: A laboratory will be adequately maintained, in which several tests will be carried out according to methods specified in the standard.
Compound feed bags must be marked with the information required by the standard. Compound feed bags must be packaged and marked in compliance with IS 2052:2009, and each bag must bear the ISI certification mark. To use a standard mark, the Manufacturer must obtain a BIS license from the Bureau of Indian Standards (ISI Mark). The BIS issues a license following a satisfactory evaluation of the production process, quality control and testing capabilities, and manufacturing infrastructure.
If the product is covered under the BIS or Bureau of Indian Standards) Conformity Assessment Scheme, all manufacturers and importers must obtain BIS Certificate. The Bureau may reject the application for BIS Certification if the product fails to fulfil BIS Certification requirements.
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