Welcome to the 2nd month of 2018! February is already here and we assure you, some important FSSAI News have made their way into the first week of the month.
FSSAI has kept us on our toes with the issue of some extremely essential orders and notifications. These are surely aimed to enhance the consumer health and the standards of the food industry we are so closely linked with. However, whether or not these will stand true to its goals or will it intervene in businesses’ process, is something we ought to hear in the matter of time.
For now, let’s unveil the 4 new FSSAI News that can bring to you, your Wednesday Wisdom!
1. In a new directive, FSSAI has now permitted the Food Business Operators (FBOs) to paste the fortification logo on labels of edible vegetable oils.
To clear the stock of the packaging material, while keeping in mind the awareness and transparency food businesses should be adhering to, FSSAI has now decided to allow the Fortification logo stickers to be pasted on the pre-existing packaged product labels. This move is welcomed by all edible oil manufacturers (oil being one of the first fortified products), especially by the small manufacturers and has helped them comply with the new draft standards.
2. FSSAI will soon launch ‘The Orange Book’ on Guidelines for Food Safety, Vendor Managemen, Training and Nutrition for Corporate Companies.
The book is a set of guidelines which can be followed by the Facility Management team of corporates and their Food Vendors. The book speaks highly on the presence of a Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) trained under the FoSTaC Programme, as well as the Health and Wellness Co-ordinator (HWC) who should look into people’s nutritional requirements and meet the same in the corporate premises.
Co-authored by Mr. Ashwin Bhadri (CEO – Equinox Labs), he adds, “It is important to bring into consideration the corporate arena, where people spend most of their time. More than 50% of the employees are dependent upon their companies to provide them fresh, safe and nutritious food. While these guidelines are not mandatory, they act as Best Practices to ensure overall compliance with the FSSAI rules and regulations.”
3. The Union government is in the final stage of issuing Food Safety and Standards (Advertisements and Claims) Regulations, 2017 and Consumer Protection Bill, 2018.
With several cases in the past reflecting the misleading advertisements, Union Government and FSSAI are now in the process of drafting the final standard copy of Food Safety and Standards (Advertisements and Claims) Regulations, 2017. Many false advertisements in the past have brought to light the need for such a regulation to ensure transparency and only the true health claims to reach people.
4. India’s inadequate Healthcare Program has the highest population of children stunted due to malnutrition.
In a shocking revelation, it has come to notice that India falls behind Nepal and Sri Lanka in the percent of GDP contributed to health. While India contributes 1.4%, Nepal and Sri Lanka contribute 2.3% and 2%, respectively. India has around 48 million who are stunted and will grow to be less healthy and unproductive.
These FSSAI news will have some major impact on the overall health and standards of consumers and food industry quality.
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