Is There a List?

Consumer Voice - - Proprietary Food And The New Law -

There isn’t a spe­cific list of pro­pri­etary foods. Any food item for which there isn’t any set stan­dard­i­s­a­tion by FSSAI can be con­sid­ered to be pro­pri­etary food. They can be made from milk or milk prod­ucts, from ce­re­als, from eggs or meat and meat prod­ucts, from veg­eta­bles, fruits, or nuts or fats. Some ex­am­ples: ready-to-cook ce­re­als such as in­stant poha and in­stant upma, pop­corns, chips, na­chos, in­stant cof­fee and tea pre­mixes, masala mixes for dif­fer­ent recipes, gu­lab ja­mun mix, cake mix, etc.

The la­bel clearly spec­i­fies that it is a pro­pri­etary food. Also, the name of a spe­cific cat­e­gory is men­tioned – for ex­am­ple, tra­di­tional food, nam­keen, break­fast ce­real, cof­fee pre­mix, and so on.

The pro­pri­etary food can only use ad­di­tives spec­i­fied for the food cat­e­gory to which it be­longs. The food cat­e­gory shall be clearly men­tioned on the la­bel along with its name, na­ture and com­po­si­tion.

The pro­pri­etary food prod­uct must com­ply with the pro­vi­sions and mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions for food ad­di­tives pre­scribed in the Food Safety and Stan­dards Reg­u­la­tions (con­sid­er­ing the re­vised ver­sions). Last but not the least, the food business op­er­a­tor will be fully re­spon­si­ble for the safety of the pro­pri­etary food sold by them.

Ad­di­tion­ally, in a cor­ri­gen­dum is­sued on 15 June 2016, the FSSAI has clearly spec­i­fied the lim­its for ad­di­tion of vi­ta­mins and min­er­als in the pro­pri­etary

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