3 FSSAI News on Food Packaging, E-commerce and Trans-Fats!

It’s January and all we can see is the temperature going down. FSSAI leaves no stone unturned to put its best feet forward to protect the health of the employees. There have been some issues that have been longing for some strict actions and FSSAI has lately passed the same.

Let us have a look at the FSSAI News for the week

FSSAI NEWS 1. FSSAI to amend the packaging standards for food products

The Food Safety Standard Authority of India (FSSAI), the apex food regulator in India, has regulated food packaging norms after they found contamination in food products through its packaging material. They have directed all Food Business Operator (FBO) not to wrap food products using recycled plastics, newspaper and paper sheets.

This is the latest direction to all FBOs by the apex food regulator. The move is taken after the results of two studies conducted by FSSAI which noted the presence of chemical contamination and heavy metals from packing materials into food.

The study was done in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), Mumbai and the National Test House (NTH), Kolkata.

In the recent notification, the Food Safety Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) has amended all existing provisions with respect to packing requirements prescribed in the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011.

FSSAI NEWS 2. FSSAI warns e-platforms over the quality of fruits and vegetables

fruits and vegetables

The Food and Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is turning the heat on e-commerce platforms to ensure fruits and vegetables sold online are fresh.

FSSAI has said that beginning this year, products offered for sale online are liable for sampling at any point to verify quality. Coveted E-commerce companies have also been told to add an indicative image of the product on their platforms so that people know what they are ordering. Consumers use the e-commerce platform to buy perishable food and its important to build their confidence and credibility. Thus, FSSAI has the right to carry out the sampling of food products offered.

FSSAI NEWS 3. FSSAI aims to reduce hydrogenated trans fats in Indian food to 2%

Trans fats

FSSAI in the past year has launched a massive campaign against industrially produced trans fats to reduce it to 2% and has even taken a vow to completely eradicate it from the Indian food system. The FSSAI wants the country to reach the 2% level by 2022, though it is aiming at making it free from hydrogenated trans fats or industrially produced trans fats by 2022.

Further, in line with WHO’s (World Health Organization’s) programme called Replace, the FSSAI has initiated several programmes for this purpose, which includes sensitising the industry that uses these trans fats as an emulsifier for various products, particularly, in the baking industry.

According to FSSAI, the industry has recognised the threat trans fats pose for a healthy diet system and therefore agrees with the plan.

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