FSSAI drafts safety norms to reg­u­late food sup­ple­ments

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Food safety reg­u­la­tor FSSAI has come up with qual­ity and safety norms to reg­u­late food or health sup­ple­ments, nu­traceu­ti­cals, foods for spe­cial med­i­cal pur­pose, and func­tional and di­etary foods, and has sought public com­ments on the same. At present, In­dia does not have any kind of reg­u­la­tory guide­lines for ap­proval and mon­i­tor­ing of such prod­ucts.

“Com­ments will be ac­cepted dur­ing the next 60 days. The norms will come into ef­fect from the en­su­ing Jan­uary 1 or July of the year,” the state­ment from FSSAI in­forms.

As per the norms, “no per­son shall man­u­fac­ture, pack, sell, of­fer for sale, mar­ket or oth­er­wise dis­trib­ute or im­port any food prod­ucts re­ferred to in these reg­u­la­tions un­less they com­ply with the re­quire­ments laid down in these reg­u­la­tions.”

The for­mu­la­tion of the foods should be based on sound med­i­cal or nu­tri­tional prin­ci­ples and sup­ported by val­i­dated sci­en­tific data, wher­ever re­quired. FSSAI also said that no hor­mones or steroids or psy­chotropic in­gre­di­ents should be added in these foods.

The la­bels should clearly men­tion the pur­pose, the tar­get con­sumer group, and the phys­i­o­log­i­cal or dis­ease con­di­tions that they ad­dress, apart from the spe­cific la­belling re­quire­ments as men­tioned against each type of food.

“The la­bels, ac­com­pa­ny­ing leaflets, or other la­belling and advertising of all types of foods, re­ferred to in these reg­u­la­tions, should pro­vide suf­fi­cient in­for­ma­tion on the na­ture and pur­pose of the food as well as de­tailed in­struc­tions and pre­cau­tions for their use,” FSSAI has said. A food that has not been par­tic­u­larly mod­i­fied in any way but is suit­able for use in a par­tic­u­lar di­etary reg­i­men be­cause of its nat­u­ral com­po­si­tion should not be des­ig­nated as ‘food sup­ple­ments’ or ‘spe­cial di­etary’ or ‘spe­cial di­etetic’, or by any other equiv­a­lent term, it fur­ther clar­i­fied.

The food au­thor­ity may sus­pend or re­strict the trade of such foods as have been placed in the mar­ket that are not clearly dis­tin­guish­able from foods for nor­mal con­sump­tion nor are suit­able for their claimed nu­tri­tional pur­pose, or may en­dan­ger the hu­man health. The state­ment also made it clear that “the food au­thor­ity may, at any time, ask a food busi­ness op­er­a­tor man­u­fac­tur­ing and selling such spe­cial types of foods to fur­nish de­tails re­gard­ing the history of use of nu­tri­ents added or mod­i­fied and their safety eval­u­a­tion.”

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