It’s that time of the week when the FSSAI News is highly anticipated. With the month coming to an end, we bring you the latest FSSAI Updates for you to be upright on your toes to follow the new food standards diligently.
Let us watch out for the FSSAI News:
FSSAI NEWS 1. FSSAI to ban substances that are used for artificial ripening of fruits
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has directed food safety commissioners in all States to undertake “effective surveillance and enforcement activities” to prevent the use of banned substances – calcium carbide or acetylene gas — for artificial ripening of fruits. Artificial ripening of fruits using prohibited substances poses a serious threat to the health of consumers. Keeping in mind the rampant use of banned calcium carbide and non-availability of the alternative ripening agent, FSSAI had instead permitted the use of ethylene gas for ripening of fruits in 2016.
It has also asked commissioners to conduct awareness programmes at Mandi level targeted at vendors and food business operators. It also recommended the use of electronic and print media to educate consumers and food businesses regarding this issue. FSSAI has set a maximum permissible limit for ethylene usage and specified a standard operating procedure.
FSSAI NEWS 2. FSSAI shall practice strict labeling regulations for alcoholic beverages
From April 1, all liquor bottles are set to show statutory health warning on their labels. The prominently featured statutory warning serves as a grim reminder to those who consume alcohol that it is harmful to health.
Last year, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had issued a notification to this effect dated March 19, 2018. The FSSAI notification had directed that all manufacturers of alcoholic beverages to ensure that labels showcase the following warning prominently and this has to be implemented strictly within a year’s time. The labels read as follows: “Consumption of alcohol is injurious to health”; and “Be safe. Don’t drink and drive”.
Therefore, manufacturers of alcoholic beverages have been directed to ensure the labels also contain a clear declaration pertaining to the alcohol content in it, allergen warning and there can be no health claims and no nutritional data to feature on it.
FSSAI NEWS 3. New guidelines issued by the Tea Board of India to maintain quality
The Tea Board of India has issued new guidelines to maintain tea quality so that the nation can remain internationally competitive and also sustain domestic consumption.
The board in a notice said that tea has a vital place not only because of its contribution to the country’s economy but also because it provides income to a large number of people. So, adherence to quality standards is of utmost importance in India as well as the world. Earlier also the Tea Board had urged the tea growers to desist from plucking before the 1st flush to maintain the quality.
As the apex body for the tea industry, the Tea Board has taken several measures to maintain the quality of tea in India by issuing orders from time to time to the tea producers, packagers, buyers & others to make sure that best quality teas are manufactured in the first flush period, it said.
We hope the news enlightened you on the several new standards lined up in the future by FSSAI. We shall be back with more such spicier news in the next week.
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