With the year coming to an end FSSAI comes up with some major news for FBO’s from Manufacturing, Sales, Distribution & Importing sector.
Let us look at the same:
FSSAI NEWS 1. FSSAI plans to get into more entry points, especially ports
With increasing awareness of Food safety among the people, FSSAI is gaining more importance. FSSAI CEO Pawan Agarwal says, that the apex food regulator is planning to have its presence in more points of entry, which is currently under Customs. He informed, “We are reviewing our placements across the ports in the country and we wish to place more of our men on some of these ports currently managed by the Customs.” FSSAI is also considering to make specific ports which will be used only for entry of food items into the country but this will only be possible if all the stakeholders come together for this idea.
FSSAI NEWS 2. FSSAI takes into consideration 1% of labeling requirement for Genetically Modified food items.
A Report of the Center for Science and Environment (CSE) has detected the presence of genetically modified content in 3 out of 10 packaged food samples that were randomly tested. The apex food regulator is framing guidelines for genetically modified foods items in India with a limit value of 1% as a labeling requirement. GM food items are those produced from genetically modified organisms or ingredients derived from them. The threshold level for labeling refers to the maximum permissible level of unintentional and technically unavoidable GM content in food that does not call for labeling. The permissible limit was initially decided as 5% but in a recent development, it was considered as 1% as per sources familiar to the matter. FSSAI has already started to work on the guidelines and after all the formal approval from FSSAI authorities, be notified in the Gazette to elicit comments of various stakeholders. The finalization of regulations will be declared only after government approval.
FSSAI NEWS 3. FSSAI Banned 74 Brands of Coconut Oil in Kerala
With the beginning of Christmas & New year, FSSAI took a huge step in Kerala. In a recent inspection, FSSAI found 74 brands of coconut oil to be adulterated. In an order issued by food safety commissioner Anand singh, the storage, distribution and sale of these brands have been banned. KK Shailaja, Minister of health safety stated that this move was a part of providing safe food to the people in connection with Christmas & New year sales. In 2018 nearly 170 brands which were found adulterated after test, has been banned by food safety department which violates the provision of the Food safety and standards act,2006. Adulteration of food not only decreases the quality of food products but can also lead to a number of ill effects on the human health. According to FSSAI consumer themselves can check adulteration in coconut oil by following a 4 step process:
- In a transparent glass, take coconut oil.
- Place the glass in your refrigerator for 30 minutes (do not keep it in the freezer).
- After refrigeration, the coconut oil will solidify.
- If the coconut oil is adulterated, other oils remain as a separate layer.
There are no proper testing laboratory facilities in Kerala that leads to increase in adulterated coconut oil. However Government has cancel the license of all the banned brands and will soon initiate action to set a proper system to detect adulterated coconut oil.
So that is it for the year , will see you in 2019, Happy New Year to all in Advance.
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