The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) has implemented its final regulations on the approval of non-specified food and food ingredients.
The regulations, which came into effect on September 11th, are intended to provide a specific approval process for the following foods and food types:
- Novel food or novel food ingredients, or foods processed with the use of novel technology;
- New food additives;
- New processing aids, such as enzymes; and
- Articles of food and food ingredients consisting of or isolated from microorganisms, bacteria, yeast, fungi or algae
The regulations on the approval of non-specified food and food ingredients fills a gap in India’s regulatory scheme for food products, under that country’s 2006 Food Safety and Standards Act. The new regulations are also expected to help facilitate the development and introduction of more innovative food products into the Indian market.
The original language text of the final regulations is available here.