It is that time of the week when FSSAI News is highly anticipated. You need to get your last installment of FSSAI News in the August month to be at par with your competitors. Some major reforms that FSSAI has pitched are surely getting FBOs on your toes.
So let us get straight to our weekly FSSAI Drafts and make a difference:
FSSAI News 1. FSSAI will be working along with the Health ministry to set up a National Health Info System
The ministry of health and family welfare, Government of India, is working on a plan of establishing the National Health Information System, of which FSSAI, the apex food regulator, will be an integral part. The project shall be implemented with the help of the World Health Organization, while the initial work has been started by the ministry.
According to WHO, the health information system provides the underpinnings for decision-making and has four key functions – data generation, compilation, analysis and synthesis, and communication and use.
The health information system collects data from the health sector and other relevant sectors, analyses the data and ensures their overall quality, relevance and timeliness, and converts data into information for health-related decision-making.
FSSAI News 2. FSSAI has provided a guidance note on the artificial ripening of fruits
In order to create awareness among food business operators/traders, consumers, and food safety officials related to different aspects of artificial ripening of fruits, FSSAI has initiated the guidance note.
1. Use of carbide gas or acetylene gas is not permitted for artificial ripening of fruits under Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011 due to the potential health hazards.
2. Ethylene gas can be used for artificial ripening at a concentration up to 100ppm
3. Ethylene plays a vital role in the natural ripening of fruits. It is a hormone produced naturally within the fruits to stimulate ripening process 4. Ethylene, being a natural hormone does not pose any health hazards to consumers
5. External application of ethylene gas generated from various sources such as ethylene gas cylinders, compressed ethylene gas, ethanol, ethephon, etc. can be used on fruits to trigger the ripening process in fruits
6. Any source of ethylene gas coming in direct contact with fruits is not permitted
7. Consumers should purchase fruits from known sellers/ reputed stores/ dealers who declare that fruits sold have not been ripened using harmful/ banned chemicals
FSSAI News 3. FSSAI has ordered on avoiding the use of ingredients listed under Appendix-I covered under Nutraceutical Regulations
Food Business Operators are directed to discontinue the use of ingredients listed under Appendix-I of this direction in the products covered under Nutraceutical Regulations with immediate effect due to lack of adequate data and no further manufacturing of products using these ingredients is allowed until these ingredients are assessed and approved by the Authority.
This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority are in the exercise of the power vested under Section 16(5) of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006
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