Came 2018. Came January. Came to the end of it. And we came to January’s final FSSAI Updates!
January 2018 brought in lots of new FSSAI Updates and all of them had a major impact on Food Businesses. From standards development on reuse of cooking oil to using the fortification logo on food products – January ushered more than just FSSAI updates; it got with itself some revolutionary changes.
As we bid adieu to the month, let’s understand some of the updates for this week:
1. The Govt. of India has started drawing mitigation plans, post the European Commission (EC) lowers Basmati fungicide tricyclazone’s tolerance limit to 0.001 ppm.
This will bring in several changes, since the government is in the process to bring in isoprothiolane which is accepted across Europe, but not across the US. This will raise some major concerns. Contradicting to the claims that tricyclazone causes health hazards, experts have claimed otherwise and said a maximum permissible limit can be up to 3 ppm. The silver lining of the situation is that farmers can be educated on the effects of pesticides and chemicals used in the growth of basmati.
2. Tamil Nadu, in the next 2 months, might see a separate Food Processing and Contract Farming policy to reduce overall pressure on Neera and coconut industry
The move is taken post the coconut industry is impacted due to neera harvesting. This has benefitted the farmers who face issues in harvesting and also during fermentation of the final product. The policy is aimed to improve the productivity of the farmers and their income. Several Industrialists and Scientists are also asked for their inputs in the policy to strengthen the same, technically.
3. FSSAI will now not consider any license petitions from new FBOs until they obtain a NOC from CGWA for extracting groundwater
In the light of water sources depletion, FSSAI and CGWA have taken this step with an added objective of using pure groundwater. Those FBOs with a license already, and extracting water from overexploited areas, the NOC would be needed during product modifications, recall or license renewal.
4. It is now mandatory to mention the traceability of the organic food products to validate the origin and segregate the truly organic products from those falsely claimed.
This step is taken post several companies claim their products to be organic when in fact, they are not. Traceability up until the producer level will guarantee the authenticity of the quality and, if any, will help in nabbing the non-compliant or false advertising companies. Post July 1, no random company can claim their products are organic without proper documentation, the presence of Jaivik Bharat logo for organic nature, and in-depth traceability.
That’s all for the month, Folks! We shall be back with some fresh, latest FSSAI Updates in February. Meanwhile, if you would like to get a free consultation regarding your business, click here and we shall get back!
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