3 Sparkling FSSAI News for the New Financial Year

It is the end of the financial year and we know you are breaking your backs tallying your expenses! But, since you are a Food Business Operator (or, are remotely related to any Food Business), then you know the FSSAI News you are about to read ..



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Want to see the various new FSSAI News that have hit the Indian Food Business this last week?

Let’s begin –

FSSAI News 1. FSSAI to tighten the norms for artificial ripening of fruits

artificial fruit ripeningFSSAI will start implementing strict supervision to discard any possibility of artificial ripening of fruits with harmful and banned substances like calcium carbide or acetylene gas. The officials want to safeguard the consumers as these prohibited substances can pose a serious threat to their health. The rampant use of banned calcium carbide and non-availability of a ripening agent has led FSSAI to permit the use of ethylene for ripening of fruits since 2016. FSSAI has directed all the states and union territories to initiate a strict drive against artificial ripening.

FSSAI News 2. FSSAI releases a new method to detect adulteration of ghee with vegetable oils

ghee adulteration

FSSAI has initiated a new manual wherein a new method of detecting adulteration of ghee has been introduced. This method will be used for detecting a bunch of vegetable oils such as coconut, soybean, groundnut and sunflower oil. The method is much simpler and easy to follow, as it is based on the detection of cholesterol and ß-sitosterol as markers in the unsaponifiable matter (USM) of pure ghee and adulteration ghee samples.

Ashwin Bhadri, CEO of Equinox Labs says that the old methods were kit-based, and detected adulteration by showing different colours. These techniques were not confirmatory, as the results were ambiguous.

“The quantity of oil present in the ghee determined the success of the tests. For example, if the oil is present in lower quantities, the detection levels were low and vice-versa. Whereas, the new test methods gives and in-depth information about adulteration without any oil quantity issues. Even the minute presence of oil can help us know the ghee adulterants,” he added.

FSSAI News 3. FSSAI has extended the order for breweries on yeast control

yeast control

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has deferred the implementation of yeast content parameters for beer. This is even as the new regulations for alcoholic beverages came into effect from Monday.
The regulator had earlier decided to limit the maximum yeast count in draught beer to 40 CFU (colony-forming units) and had said that regular beer or lager beer should be free of yeast. Craft brewers had expressed difficulties in implementation of these limits.

According to FSSAI officials, “Food business operators (FBOs) may continue manufacturing, importing, packing and distributing craft beer and wine-based beverages currently traded/available in the market. However, for any other new innovative alcoholic beverages not covered under these regulations, FBOs are required to approach the food authority.”


That was a lot to take in! Wasn’t it?

Now, of course, this was the end of the financial year – It had to be a bomb!

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