March has definitely brought in some spicy news and developments which are shocking yet surprisingly brilliant ideas. These FSSAI News and reforms are most likely to benefit the food industry and the consumers.
Lets not keep beating around the bush and give a start to the major amendments made by FSSAI. Take a sneak peek to the FSSAI News!!
FSSAI News 1. Strengthening the conditions of poor state testing labs.
The increasing poor conditions of the state testing labs has led FSSAI to make major changes. FSSAI has now taken the responsibility of improving the conditions of the state testing labs by providing financial help and capacity building training.
At present, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has total 62 state testing labs spread across the country. Out of which, only 10 are accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories (NABL).
The private sector has 150 labs which are all NABL accredited. Besides strengthening primary testing labs, the FSSAI is making efforts to put in place a network of appellate labs or referral labs in the entire food testing ecosystem.
Mobile testing labs are also encouraged by FSSAI. Already 30 such labs are in the field. Rapid testing and creating awareness about food safety are the major objectives of mobile testing labs.
FSSAI NEWS 2. Encouraging standardised testing methods for five different products.
Analysis of various food products will now be done by approved standardised testing methods. These testing methods are adopted for five different food product types.
They are: Methods of detection; Analysis and Estimation of melamine in milk and milk products; Total polar compounds in edible oils and fats, Estimation of coumarin content in cinnamon, Parameters in sago and Detection of acid value in oils and fats.
As these are standardised testing methods, the country shall practice uniform testing methods preventing non variable results.
Ashwin Bhadri, chief executive officer, Equinox Labs, explained that it has been a while since the testing methods of these food products were debated.
He also added “With a fixed testing method, it will now benefit testing companies, FSSAI officials and the people of course. Melamine, and its famous 2008 Chinese scandal, has not been forgotten; the chemical gives a presence of higher protein content. With only the common objective of food safety, these highly sensitive food types have been selected as of now. More such standards might soon follow.”
According to the FSSAI News, FSSAI may also add further product categories and list their standardised testing method
“Each of these contribute to become a major and a positive change in the entire food safety ecosystem,” Bhadri said, adding that a standardised testing method across the nation will leave no benefit of doubt.
FSSAI NEWS 3. FSSAI seeks cues on adopting sale of water through vending machine.
FSSAI has issued a notice for suggestions, views and comments from members of the World Trade Organization (WTO)-Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) committee on the draft notification relating to the standards for drinking water sold through vending machines within a period of two months. However,many comments and recommendations have been registered for this initiative by FSSAI.
There is also a proposal to add BIS Certification Mark on the water vending machine by some sources. BIS signifies that the water is safe.
The FSSAI News draft is likely to improve the quality of water sold loosely through water vending machines. Besides, it will also encourage the vendors to comply with the sanitary requirements under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006
FSSAI News 4. Illegal packaged drinking water units to face criminal charges.
Its been observed that many illegal packaged drinking water manufacturing units are present in the city of Kolkata. These units will be liable to be prosecuted under sections of the Indian Penal Code, which could lead to a six-month imprisonment and fines. It will also cover illegal units producing packaged drinking water without valid licences or faking brands. The civic body on its own can lodge a lawsuit against illegal packaged drinking water manufacturers according to a provision of the FSSAI(Food Safety and Standards Authority of India). If charges are proved, the offenders can be imprisoned for six months and need to pay the maximum penalty .
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