3 FSSAI News which will certainly improve the food safety system.

The week has got some major FSSAI News which focuses on the health benefits of the consumers. The news revolves around some new food safety measures, a programme on revising health standards and a draft from ICMR on Total Upper Limits of nutrients.

FSSAI NEWS 1. FSSAI Takes Measures To Ensure Hygiene In Food Establishments

 

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has initiated expression of interest (EoI) for empanelment of rating agencies so that they can rate eateries and food establishments under Hygiene Rating and Responsible Place to Eat (HRRP) scheme, reports F&B News. Under this scheme, the agencies will give ratings to the food business operators (FBOs) based on specific requirements.

The concept is widely in use in many countries and this programme is to promote self-compliance of food hygiene and safety amongst the food businesses. At the same time, the programme is used to make the consumers aware of the quality of the catering organisations.

FSSAI NEWS 2. FSSAI launches FINE Programme to transform food safety and hygiene practices

In a bid to support the realisation of the Indian food processing industry’s massive
potential for value-addition through government policy and regulatory assistance, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched the Food Innovators Network (FINE) programme recently.
While the country has developed a vibrant entrepreneurial landscape and quickly
strengthened its position as the third largest start-up ecosystem globally, its food sector has emerged as high-growth and high-profit domain. It aims to bring together innovators and start-up entrepreneurs to provide innovative solutions and transform the country’s food safety and nutrition landscape.

FSSAI NEWS 3. FSSAI provides a draft from ICMR on the TULs of the nutrients for products under the Food Safety and Standards Regulations

FSSAI has put out a notice containing the Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) study on the tolerable upper limits (TULs) of the nutrients applicable for products under the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011, on health supplements, nutraceuticals, foods for special dietary use and special medical purpose, functional and novel foods. The report on the upper limit was for the guidance of the manufacturers, who can draw reference from this study. It comprised detailed information on the effects and the recommended limits for different age groups and genders.

Ashwin Bhadri, Chief Executive Officer, Equinox Labs, said, “A lot of confusion and misleading information has been observed on the usage of health supplements / nutraceutical front. Also, the issues had been growing with the exact TULs of vitamins / minerals missing from the public domain.

Bhadri stated that the report serves as the best guide to follow the TUL levels for a healthy body. For example, the TUL for iodine in adults is 0.9mg per day and that of sodium is considered to be 5g. Calcium, on the other hand, has different TULs for different genders and age groups. For adults aged between 31 and 50, 2,500mg is the ideal TUL for both men and women, and that for men and women over 50 is stated to be 2,000mg. Vitamin A and Vitamin D are supposed to have a TUL of 3mg and 0.1mg, respectively.”

-FNB News

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Citing the rise in employee health concerns in regards to Indoor Air Quality, this September, Equinox brings to you  Two Webinars on Indoor Air Quality( Part I & II).

The details are as follows:

Part I – Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation [Ventilation Requirements as per ASHRAE Standard 62 – 2001]

Date: Thursday, 27-Sept-18

Duration: 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Part II – Indoor Air Quality [Best Practices for Design, Construction, and Commissioning]

Date: Friday, 28-Sept-18

Duration: 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Cost of Registration for both the Webinars: Rs. 999/-

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