Decode the latest FSSAI News which came in the last week

Hey Hey! Our last post on FSSAI News has been a hit. We are back again with some spicy FSSAI News that shall surprise all the FBOs. The amendments will soon propel them to be more food safety conscious.

Let us begin with the FSSAI News for the week.

FSSAI NEWS 1. FSSAI to conduct inspections at various tea processing units to check adulteration of iron filings

The presence of high amounts of iron filings was found on conducting large-scale laboratory analysis of tea powder. Thus, FSSAI has decided to check and inspect all the tea processing units to find the adulteration of iron filings in the beverage.

Due to the wide variations in the test results, the state officials are asked to continue with the inspections at the tea factories instead of retail units until a specific method of assessment of iron filings is finalized. The officials have to take into consideration whether the tea units are using proper equipment for removal of tea filings.

FSSAI had capped the maximum limit for iron particles in tea powder at 150 mg per kilogram. In many cases, iron filings are the main cause of contamination in tea powder. Iron fillings enter tea due to wear and tear of the processing machinery.

FSSAI NEWS 2. FSSAI shall soon draft regulations for Ayurvedic foods

Ayurvedic foodsThe apex body is in collaboration with the Ministry Of Ayush is currently thinking over the possibilities of setting standards for Ayurvedic Ahar, traditional ayurvedic foods as a separate category. The set standards will cater to food supplements and nutraceutical regulations. This initiative will create more international acceptance of such products.
According to FSSAI, The long-standing tradition of Ayurveda should come under the purview of food safety regulator and such products should not make any therapeutic claims.

FSSAI NEWS 3. FSSAI formulates new standards for alcoholic beverages

Alcoholic beverages

With the recent development of controlling the yeast levels in alcoholic beverages, FSSAI has come up with yet another set of guidelines to follow by all the FBOs. The emphasis will be on labeling which must be clear and legible.

The emphasis will be on labeling which must be clear and legible. The liquors should not have any nutritional information, no health claim, restriction on words ‘non-intoxicating’ or words implying similar meaning on the label of beverage containing more than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume.

Also, the alcoholic beverage except for wine that contains less than 10% alcohol needs to mention the date, month and the year of expiry.  If egg white is used as a clarifying agent or any other processing aid of animal origin is used in wine, the bottle or package must be labeled non-vegetarian.

That’s all for the month, Folks! We shall be back with some fresh, latest FSSAI Updates in March because FSSAI will come up with more regulations.

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