3 Latest FSSAI Updates that Released during the (extended) Weekend!

Though we rested these past couple of days (and we could not be more thankful!), FSSAI did not. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India released some new notifications and orders which, we are sure, will affect a lot of Food Business Operators (FBOs) in India. What are the latest FSSAI updates that have surfaced?

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1. The Food Business Operators (FBOs) manufacturing, processing and/or importing caffeinated beverages have been granted a final extension of 6 months (up to 30th June, 2018).

This is the third extension granted to the FBOs, citing the presence of labels and compliance observed with the previous standards. Since, these commodities are still sold in the market due to its shelf life and to prevent the loss to food businesses, the extension has been given to the businesses.

2. FSSAI has now made it mandatory to label the food product that has one or more Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) as the ingredient(s).

Post the rising conflicts regarding the safety of GMOs – its permissible use and the labelling requirements that are needed – FSSAI has now released a notification which states that FBOs need to declare it on the product’s label if the said ingredient is sourced from a GMO and has a minimum of 5 % presence in the same. This notification shall soon be out for the consultations of stakeholders involved.

3. FSSAI has released a notification disapproving the use of Creatine Monohydrate as a product/ingredient and its use by Food Business Operators is deemed as illegal.

No standard has yet been prescribed under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, Rules and Regulations. Since the safety and its effect on the human health have yet not been identified, use of Creatine Monohydrate is to be avoided by FBOs. Any use of the same found, shall be deemed illegal and this shall equate with non-compliance with the FSSAI.

Compliance with FSSAI Regulations with getting food products tested forms the basis of a safe and quality ensured product. Some of the important food tests are:
1. Food Microbial
2. Shelf Life Testing
3. Nutritional Labelling
4. Potable Water Testing
5. Sensory Evaluation
6. Label Validation
7. Product Approval Validation

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