The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued two draft regulations, one applicable to fortified food products and the other requiring the prior approval of certain new or unique food products or products containing new or unique food ingredients.
Issued in early October, the “Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) Regulations, 2016” would regulate the amount of essential nutrients that may be added to certain foods to improve their nutritional quality or to provide additional nutrients appropriate for target populations, such as infants or the elderly. Added nutrients would be required to be equal to or greater than the minimum level specified in the regulation, and within the upper limits specified in recognised international standards.
The Fortification of Foods Regulation would also require food producers to verify compliance through product testing at an FSSAI-recognised testing laboratory, and to provide proper package labelling affirming the addition of the fortified ingredient.
The second draft regulation, “Food Safety and Standards (Approval for Non-Specified Food and Food Ingredients) Regulations, 2016,” would require the prior approval by the FSSAI of:
- novel foods or foods containing novel ingredients;
- food ingredients not specified under current regulations;
- new food additives and processing aids; and
- foods produced using novel technologies.
The FSSAI has called for comments on the proposed regulations, which can be submitted during a 60-day period that ends in early December.
The draft FSSAI regulation regarding the fortification of food is available here. The draft regulation regarding the approval of non-specified food can be viewed here.