3 FSSAI News on Milk Fortification, Removal of Oil Tests and IEM.

September has brought in some major FSSAI News that owes everyone to browse through it. The FSSAI News for the week will make you realise that FSSAI does not just focus on the food safety aspect but also on the health of the consumers. The new regulations formed are with respect to improving and enhancing the health of the consumers.

Let us have a quick glance to the FSSAI News:

FSSAI NEWS 1. FSSAI has ordered to remove the Bouldouin and Halphen tests for Blended Edible oil and proposed new regulations for Vanaspati Oil

FSSAI News Edible Vegetable oilFSSAI has directed Food Safety and Standards ( Food Product Standards and Food Additives) First Amendment Regulation, 2018 to remove the Boudouin Test and Halphen tests for Blended edible vegetable Oil. FSSAI suggests that there are other suitable tests which can be used for testing the blending of edible oils. In addition, any adulteration of Blended Edible Vegetable Oil will be addressed by the fatty acid profile of different vegetable oils notified by FSSAI.
Also, FSSAI has paved way for the FBOs to prepare Vanaspati Oil, Interesterified vegetable oil, bakery shortening, bakery and industrial margarine, table margarine, and fat spreads from any of the vegetable oils whose standards are prescribed under FSSR or any other edible vegetable oil with prior approval of the Food Authority.

FSSAI NEWS 2. FSSAI to withdraw four products that are sold under special food category for IEM infants

IEM

With respect to the consequences and ill-effects of certain products under special food category especially for hypoallergenic conditions, FSSAI has asked food manufacturers to withdraw four products.

The products to be withdrawn from the list are Similac Total Comfort Optigro (from birth to 12 months), Similac Total Comfort Intellipro2 (for after six months), NAN Optipro HA 1 and NAN Optipro HA 2. FSSAI has been working on drafts for food related to Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM) for infants. IEM and hypoallergenic conditions are special medical conditions which require specialty foods, which are not readily available in the country.

In another scenario, although available globally, it was difficult to import certain products that are required for combating IEM into India, due to the absence of standards for such foods. Taking note of the seriousness of these products, FSSAI has permitted import of few products.

FSSAI NEWS 3. FSSAI to promote milk fortification across India for Vitamin A and Vitamin D deficiency

MILK FORTIFICATION

FSSAI is encouraging all the milk dealers to promote milk fortification in order to address Vitamin A and Vitamin D deficiency prevalent in the large population of the country. According to FSSAI News, the CEO addresses that micro-nutrients such as vitamin A and vitamin D fortified in milk are purely vegetarian. The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) has taken a lead in milk fortification in partnership with Tata Trust and the World Bank. Vitamins, either natural or in synthetic form, added in milk are easily absorbed and there are no negative effects, added the CEO, FSSAI.
Milk production in India, the world’s largest producer, is around 164 million tonnes. Out of which, a mere 22 percent of the milk from the organized sector is available for fortification.

FSSAI has already set standards for fortification of milk and even a logo ‘+F’ has also been launched for the same.

The news for this week is surely going to make a difference in the food industry and catch everyone’s attention. To get your weekly updates on FSSAI News kindly click on the following links.

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