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FSSAI NEWS 1. FSSAI directs new regulations related to the sale of organic food products

Organic food

FSSAI has issued a directive to all the state food safety authorities to implement the new Food Safety Standards (Organic Food) Regulations with which all the food business operators (FBOs) were required to comply by April 1, 2019. According to the standards, the direct sale of organic food to end consumer is allowed to small/original producers and organisations having an annual turnover not exceeding Rs 12 lakh were permitted to sell without any certification, i.e. NPOP (National Programme for Organic Production)/PGS (Participatory Guarantee System)-India.

Also, the aggregators/intermediaries that help the small farmers in selling the products to end consumer will be allowed to sell products without any certification. The Jaivik Bharat Logo is exempted in both the above cases. However, the limits of contaminants and insecticide residues in these products should be adhered by FBOs. Whereas, organic food retail companies are required to comply with all the regulations.

According to FSSAI, several representations were received by the FSSAI regarding the challenges faced in the implementation of the regulations by the organic food businesses, including small original producers.

FSSAI NEWS 2. FSSAI proposes new standards for synthetic syrup and sharbat

FSSAI has released a gazette draft notification for the amendment in the existing standards of synthetic syrup and sharbat, which might differentiate between the properties of both the products.

The new standards claim that sharbat shall contain a minimum of 25 percent of juice or an extract of fruit, vegetable, nut, herb, flower, spice, alone or in combination. It is 10 percent under the current standards.
In a statement, the country’s apex food regulator said that these standards also provided an opportunity to formulate the synthetic syrup with low total soluble solids (TSS) up to 30 percent vis-a-vis the current level of 65 percent.
Low TSS are accommodated in view of the increasing awareness of consumer for health and preference towards low sugar, and it is pertinent to note that the amount of TSS is a direct indication of the amount of sugar in such products.

FSSAI NEWS 3. Frozen desserts that comply with FSSAI norms are safe to consume

FSSAI has now exclaimed that frozen dessert products that conform to FSSAI laws will are safe to be consumed by children and adults. This conclusion has been specifically made for the consumer’s requirement to understand the difference between the two.  It is mandatory to declare the percent of milk fat/edible vegetable oil/fat and vegetable protein product on frozen desserts. Thus, the frozen desserts shall not be sold under the name of ice creams henceforth.
That’s all for the week folks. Keep reading, keep learning every week!
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