February has set in and we cannot ignore the drafts that FSSAI has directed so far. The news revolves around the packaging regulations for wheat flour, the ban on the use of stapler pins used for tea bags and FSSAI Registration camp.
Let us get started!
FSSAI NEWS 1. FSSAI has directed packaging regulations with regards to wheat and maida flour
In order to help consumers make better choices, FSSAI has ordered all the packaged food companies to label atta as whole wheat flour and maida as refined wheat flour.
It was observed that the companies sold both atta and maida under the same term, ‘wheat flour’ which misguided the consumers. Hence, FSSAI decided to lay down the regulation.
FSSAI stated that the use of the term wheat flour for maida does not convey the exact nature of the ingredient used for manufacturing various food items to the consumers as well as enforcement officials.
The apex body has directed the firms to comply with these requirements by April 30, 2019, and food safety commissioners of states have been asked not to take any legal action against the errant companies until the threshold date.
FSSAI NEWS 2. FSSAI bans the use of stapler pins in tea bags from June 30, 2019
India is a country that runs on chai as fuel, and tea bags are available almost everywhere for public use, including office pantries and trains.
FSSAI looking at the widespread use of tea bags has taken cognisance of the potentially harmful staple pins used in packaging tea bags and is seeking a ban on the pins. FSSAI has thus issued a notification to all the FBOs, seeking a ban on the use of staple pins in tea bags.
Taking a stand on the issue, FSSAI has asked the FBOs to halt the manufacture, storage, distribution and sale of tea bags containing staple pins by the notified deadline. This is the FSSAI’s second notification on the issue of the use of staple pins in tea bags from June 30.
FSSAI NEWS 3. FSSAI will hold a camp for FSSAI clearance for all the representatives of religious places
The Food Safety Department will hold its first registration camp in Kozhikode district for representatives of religious places, at Muthalakkulam on Tuesday. The initiative is aimed to bring food distribution in places of worships under the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) rules.
The one-day camp will consider applications for FSSAI license for supplying food to devotees during religious celebrations.
The department also plans to ascertain the number of places of worships where food is distributed. Registration procedures will be done through the online Food Licensing and Registration System (FLRS).
That’s all for the week folks. We would come back with more such useful news in the next week. Until then go ahead and implement the regulations drafted by FSSAI.
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