FSSAI has brought in new standards for Camel milk, which are operationalized with immediate effect. The amendment came in on 29th November, 2016 and is still in the draft stage. While the publication of the gazetted copy may take time, the Central Licensing Authority has directed the Food Safety Commissioners of States and Union Territories to implement the above mentioned Standards.
As per Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, camel milk (Raw, Pasteurised, boiled, flavoured and/or sterilized) PAN-India will have a minimum percentage of milk fats and milk solids – not fat (SNF) of 3.0 and 6.5 respectively.
The change has come in after an increase in dairy manufacturers taking up the production and selling of camel milk. FSSAI received several requests and from different quarters across the nation to include camel milk under FSSA. FSSAI’s Task Force on Milk and Dairy Products conducted a meeting, discussing the pivotal attributes of the situation. It then conducted a statistical analysis across the country for estimating the fat as well as the SNF content in camel milk all over India.
Many camel milk procuring, processing and packaging units had high hopes for a long time. Since camel milk was not under FSSA, it was not considered a food item for its trade. The new amendment has come in as a breather for many big and small dairy units and industries.
India got a fixed and standardized rule for milk and other dairy products decades later via FSSAI. This new amendment will open the doors to many businesses and increase the revenue and GDP noticeably.
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