The US Food and Drug Administration has made it official.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it will start processing the first shipments of Indian-style curries, curries with chillies, curried curries and koftas (prawn dishes) from October 15 to December 11.
These curries will be available in grocery stores, fast food outlets, convenience stores and restaurants.
The announcement is the latest move by the US to take action against a country which has been accused of exporting a range of dangerous foods.
Indian cuisine, traditionally a rich source of meat, fish and vegetables, has been under pressure in recent years as food safety authorities have raised concerns about the use of antibiotics in Indian cuisine.
In November, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) announced that the consumption of antibiotics is a “major health risk”.
India was one of the countries most affected by this pandemic, with more than 4,400 cases of coronavirus being reported in India from November to December last year.
The US government has been criticised for failing to act on India’s pandemic and has blamed the country’s government for “lacking a strategy” to control the spread of the virus.
“The US has an interest in the safety of the food supply chain and we’re disappointed that the FDA has not taken action against India,” said John Smegielski, CEO of Smeghtigas Food Group.
Smeghtiigs said that the curries would be “a great step towards fulfilling this critical global demand for Indian food”.
“With curries that have been developed by the country, they’re going to have a big impact in the world and we will have a lot of customers in the States,” Smegsielski told CNBC.
The US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) also said it would start testing curries at Indian restaurants and retailers as soon as possible.
India is a key export market for US food and beverages, with a $18bn turnover last year, according to US government data.
According to a report by the Food Technology & Agricultural Organisation of India, there are more than 1,000 Indian-owned curries restaurants in the United States.
There is currently no official date for when the curry importation will begin, but the Indian Food & Beverage Authority has said that it will begin testing curruses as soon “as possible”.