FSSAI always has something new every week for its Food Business Operators. This past week has been particularly interesting for the (well, most!) food industry. Take a look at the new notifications that have come to surface this last week!
FSSAI News 1. FSSAI has encouraged new fortification standards for consumer healthcare
FSSAI has proposed new fortification strategies to ensure all the right nutrients are consumed by the consumers. The provisions of these regulations shall supersede the standards for fortification of food set out in any regulations, orders, or guidelines issued under the Act.
The new standards now provide a minimum and maximum range for the fortification of staples like wheat flour (atta), maida, rice, salt, vegetable oil and milk, while the dosage of the micronutrients has been adjusted to provide 30 to 50 percent of the daily requirements.
In milk and oil, the unit of dosage has been changed to microgram Retinol Equivalent for Vitamin A and microgram for Vitamin D from IU. In wheat flour and rice fortification, other sources of iron have been added, while vanaspati fortification has been excluded.
FSSAI News 2. FSSAI facilitates CII & IADSA to set up nutraceutical resource centre
With a view to bring in the best global practices towards the harmonisation of nutraceutical regulations, FSSAI has facilitated the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to establish a Resource Centre for Health Supplements and Nutraceuticals (ReCHaN) in partnership with the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA), more importantly on vitamin and mineral content in health supplements in India.
Earlier in July 2018, FSSAI had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ReCHaN to support the best practices and enable effective science-based standards and regulations in the country. The resource centre, established by CII and IADSA, over the last one year, has been working efficiently to help establish a robust ecosystem towards maximising the full potential of the health supplement and nutraceutical sector.
FSSAI News 3. FSSAI in order to ensure zero adulteration of honey, it will soon test popular honey brands
With the growing concern of honey being adulterated with corn syrup or sugar syrup, FSSAI has urged to test all the popular brands selling honey.
The new standards for honey have recently been approved by the health ministry and are likely to be notified in a few days.
The compliance and enforcement will start from January 1. The violation of the standards will attract a fine of up to Rs three lakh and imprisonment of a maximum of six months for adulteration under the Food Safety & Standards Act.
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