3 FSSAI News for a healthier and safer India!

We are back with some exciting FSSAI News that are bound to be in the favor of consumers health and hygiene. FSSAI has certainly come up with drafts which will have a direct effect on the food processing activities.

Let us catch a glimpse of the FSSAI News for the week

FSSAI NEWS 1. FSSAI has ordered all the Hotel FBOs to upload a declaration of their ratings on online Food Licensing and Registration System

 The FBOs are required to upload a declaration as stated by FSSAI mentioning whether they are star or non-star hotel on online Food Licensing and Registration System.

In the case of a star hotel, they will be required to submit a star certificate issued by the Ministry of Tourism. In the case of non-star hotels, the declaration to this effect will be accepted and licensing authority will not insist for a certificate of star ratings from the Ministry of Tourism (HRACC).

All licensing authorities are directed to process applications of fresh/renewal of license of hotels accordingly. However, licensing authorities insist to produce a certificate of ratings even from small/tiny hotels at the time of applying for fresh /renewal of license. As a result, the Hotel Industry is facing difficulty in getting license for hotels.

FSSAI NEWS 2. FSSAI has directed all the FBOs to keep oil records if the consumption exceeds 50 litres per day

FSSAI has issued an order directing FBOs to maintain records of edible oils used by them if their consumption exceeds 50 litre per day.

FBOs have to maintain records of the type of oil, the quantity taken for frying, the quantity discarded at the end of the day, the date, the mode of disposal of used cooking oil, and the name of the agency which has collected the discarded oil.

Ashwin Bhadri, the CEO, Equinox Labs, said, “During frying, new compounds are formed due to the joint action of high temperature and the presence of air and moisture.”

“The most abundant compounds formed possess higher polarity than their parent triacylglycerols (TG) and low volatility. These compounds formed are harmful for human consumption and should be avoided,” he added.

“The regulation that FSSAI has passed is an imperative one and justifies each and every point that has been drafted. FBOs will now be cautioned on the use of cooking oil and will be under the purview of food safety authorities by maintaining records timely. The consumers will be at the best benefit from this regulation, as they will be safeguarded from the ill-effects of used cooking oil,” Bhadri stated.

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FSSAI NEWS 3. FSSAI will soon set rules for gluten-free claims on food products

Food products such as fruit juices, nuts, and south Indian foods are good choices but it can’t have low gluten and that’s why FSSAI has proposed to ban such labeling. FSSAI plans to conduct surprise inspections to verify whether companies are selling the genuine and totally gluten-free product. The classical presentation of celiac disease includes diarrhea, weight loss, failure to thrive, abdominal pain, anorexia, vomiting, and constipation.

The food safety and standards authority of India ( FSSAI ) will soon come up with directives on labeling of gluten-free products — the mainstay for people suffering from wheat allergy. FSSAI has already reviewed the current practices and found many stores indulge in wrong labeling to sell their products, for example, marking some foods as ‘low gluten’.

We hope the initiatives of FSSAI will immediately be put to use so that the effects of the drafts will be seen soon, safeguarding consumer health and food safety.

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