It’s the last month of the year and we hope you had an amazing year in your food businesses. It was indeed a year full of productive drafts and measures implemented by FSSAI in public interest. We are back with some exciting FSSAI news for the day and wishing you a month full of surprises. Let us see what FSSAI has in store for us in this last few weeks of 2018.
FSSAI News 1. Equinox Labs provides FoSTaC training to 25 food vendors at Mumbai’s Khau Galli
With an objective of supporting the Eat Right India movement, Equinox Labs continued its training chain which was earlier conducted at Ghatkopar.
On 30th November 2018, Equinox trained 25 food vendors at the famous Mulund Khaugalli. The food vendors were made aware of the basic food hygiene practices which should be followed by them. The auditors provided gloves and hair caps to food vendors in order to maintain food safety and cleanliness. Equinox intends to work on this initiative and spread awareness about food safety to all the prevalent food streets in the city.
FSSAI News 2. FSSAI has launched a new campaign to eliminate the presence of trans fat by 2022
‘Heart Attack Rewind’ is the new social mass media campaign that is initiated by FSSAI in order to extinguish the presence of trans fat to less than two percent by 2022. The intake of trans fat has increased and has led to more than 5,00,000 deaths of people from cardiovascular diseases every year.
Trans fats are made by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid, and to increase the shelf life of foods. Trans fat is largely present in Vanaspati, margarine and bakery shortenings, and can be found in baked and fried foods. “Heart Attack Rewind” warns citizens about the health hazards of consuming trans fat and offers strategies to avoid them through healthier alternatives. The objective is to achieve the goal by 200, a year ahead of the global target by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the complete elimination of trans fat.
FSSAI News 3. FSSAI to introduce artificial sweetener labeling on beverages sold through vending machines
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is proposing to make amendments in the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011 to introduce labeling of artificial sweetener on beverages sold through vending machines.
FSSAI is also looking to bring amendments to set maximum permissible limits for the presence of metal impurities besides other contaminants such as Aflatoxin in various food products. This is being done through a separate draft of regulations. In its draft Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins, and Residues) Amendment Regulations, 2018, it proposes limits for metal contaminants such as lead, chromium, copper, tin, cadmium, and arsenic. These maximum permissible limits of these metal contaminants have been proposed for a wide range of food products such as concentrated soft drinks, edible oils, and fats, hard-boiled sugar confectionery, among others.
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