WhatsApp Updates on FSSAI – What’s making the Headlines?

A new week (sorry, mid-week!) has brought with it some new FSSAI notifications! We wait every week to watch for new updates from the Apex body.

FSSAI updates are important to know, since these (if applicable to your business) are usually mandated and help you stay compliant with the Food Law. With this, the safety of the consumers are ensured and the brand equity is either maintained or enhanced.

Let’s find out what made the news in the last 7 days:

1. FSSAI, in its latest order, makes Food Safety Training and Certification (FoSTaC) Training mandatory for every Food Business Operator (FBO) and also to have at least one Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) at each premise.

FSSAI has taken a gargantuan step with the inclusion of FoSTaC (Food Safety Training and Certification) programme in the list of several mandatory prospects for a Food Business. Three levels of training are devised, based on the duration of each course and the targeted audience. The training material is prepared by FSSAI in English and other regional languages.

2. In its new order, FSSAI has issued the omission of added sugar quantity from the additives’ section. This was done to avoid the case of duplicity in the declaration’s requirements.

Manufacturers had to show the amount of added sugar at two places on the packaged Non-alcoholic Beverages’ labels. To avoid duplicity, regulation titled Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Eighth Amendment Regulations, 2017 are brought into effect and declaration of added sugar’s quantity should be deleted from the additives’ section.

3. FSSAI has issued a letter stating that ‘The use of Tobacco and Nicotine shall be barred as an ingredient’. This has come into being after its use in some products are observed in some States/UTs.

With the continued use of Tobacco (Guthka) and Nicotine in some states as ingredients in several food products, a letter/notification issued by FSSAI in October 2017 bars Food Businesses from resorting to the same. The side effects of the ingredients and its probable role as a carcinogen, has called for such notification from FSSAI.

4. Labelling guidelines on food products high in fat, salt, sugar (HFSS) soon, as FSSAI has formed a panel to decide the same. This will be decided as per the daily recommended intake of a nutrient/ingredient per person in a day.

To curb the intake of food products High in Fats, Sugar and Salt (HFSS) which are generally called as ‘Junk’ food, FSSAI has installed a panel to decide on their labelling guidelines. Many wrong interpretations of the label make it difficult for the consumer to understand the actual quantity. This norm will ensure the three aspects are displayed and present as per the recommended daily intake.

Quite a deal for Food Business Operators this week! Got a query you can’t solve? Some notification you are not quite sure with?

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