Its that time of the week when the FSSAI News is highly anticipated. We will be presenting you with some amazing news for which you have been longing for. Today’s news is all about the results of a few products which were deemed to be a misfit for consumption. The results of the surveys and tests made on these products are finally out by FSSAI so let us have a look
FSSAI NEWS 1. FSSAI announces that the milk sold in India is the safest
According to the National Milk Quality Survey, 2018 milk sold in India is considered to be the safest and has fewer adulterants. The report by FSSAI is by far the largest systematic study of milk, both in terms of sample size (6432 samples) and the number of parameters.
“Milk in India is largely free from adulterants which render it unsafe for consumption. Merely 12 out of total 6,432 samples had adulterants that affect the safety of milk,” said the FSSAI official.
A little less than 10 percent samples (638) had contaminants (mainly from poor farm practices and quality of feed) that make milk unsafe for consumption, while over 90 percent of samples were found safe. The survey tested for 13 adulterants including vegetable oil, detergents, glucose, urea, and ammonium sulfate.
Milk samples were also tested to check level of contaminants like antibiotic residue, pesticide residue, and aflatoxin M1.
FSSAI NEWS 2. FSSAI will soon ban the food companies from using ‘natural’, ‘fresh’, ‘original’, ‘traditional’ and real on the labels.
FSSAI to introduce new regulations banning food companies from using words like ‘natural’, ‘fresh’, ‘original’, ‘traditional’, ‘pure’, ‘authentic’, ‘genuine’ and ‘real’ on the labels unless the product is not processed in any manner.
The only exception to the rule is that the products so labeled can be washed, peeled, chilled, trimmed or put through other processing stages that could alter its basic characteristics. The new regulations will be notified in the coming days.
The new regulation also specifies norms for several kinds of claims that food companies can make in their advertising and promotions. The list includes nutrition claims, non-addition claims, including non-addition of sugars and sodium salts, health claims, claims related to dietary guidelines or healthy diets as well as conditional claims.
FSSAI NEWS 3. FSSAI clears that the imported beans and pulses are safe for consumption
Pulses and beans imported into India are safe. There is no concern regarding the presence of glyphosate in these commodities. This is based on the results of the tests conducted on these products over the past one month.
FSSAI had instructed its import offices at ports to start monitoring for the presence of glyphosate for pulses and beans last month. Pulses and beans are imported into India mainly through Mumbai, Chennai, and Tuticorin.
Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide which is used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops. Glyphosate is absorbed through foliage and minimally through roots, meaning that it is only effective on actively-growing plants and cannot prevent seeds from germinating.
We hope the news for this week definitely brightened up your faces as a lot of misunderstanding about a few issues have been cleared now. The above products can be now consumed without any second thoughts.
We would be coming up with more such FSSAI News in the coming week. So stay tuned.