‘No­ti­fi­ca­tion on Mfg Norms Aimed to Bring Relief to Nu­traceu­ti­cal Cos’

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Mum­bai: Nu­traceu­ti­cals or func­tional food mak­ers wor­ried by a re­cent no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the food reg­u­la­tor man­dat­ing strict ad­her­ence to man­u­fac­tur­ing norms, can heave a sigh of relief as its chief ex­ec­u­tive Pawan Agar­wal has said the no­ti­fi­ca­tion was in­tended to give relief to com­pa­nies that were fac­ing prob­lems with en­force­ment of­fi­cials.

“The in­tent of this no­ti­fi­ca­tion was to give relief to those com­pa­nies who were in the mar­ket be­fore 2011 and who were fac­ing prob­lems with en­force­ment of­fi­cials,” Agar­wal, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Food Safety and Stan­dards Au­thor­ity of In­dia, said in an in­ter­view to ET.

Agar­wal said the au­thor­i­ties have put to­gether the fi­nal no­ti­fi­ca­tion with in­puts from all stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing nu­traceu­ti­cals mak­ers. Once the sep­a­rate reg­u­la­tion for nu­traceu­ti­cals is in place, no prod­uct ap­provals will be re­quired and com­pa­nies will be free to man­u­fac­ture on the ba­sis of stan­dards laid down, he said.

He coun­tered a re­port that ap­peared in ET last week, say­ing ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers had backed the FSSAI no­ti­fi­ca­tion which ad­dressed their im­me­di­ate con­cerns.

FSSAI is fully com­mit­ted to the growth of nu­traceu­ti­cals and food sup­ple­ments in­dus­try in the coun­try aimed at pro­vid­ing whole­some food to the cit­i­zens, Agar­wal said. “We will soon in­vite nu­traceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies and rel­e­vant as­so­ci­a­tions for dis­cus­sion on roll-out of the new reg­u­la­tions,” he said.

The .₹ 20,000-crore nu­traceu­ti­cals in­dus­try man­u­fac­tures health sup­ple­ments among other things. In a no­ti­fi­ca­tion dated March 30, FSSAI had said till the stan­dards of nu­traceu­ti­cals, food sup­ple­ments and health sup­ple­ments are fi­nally no­ti­fied, the en­force­ment ac­tiv­i­ties against such food busi­ness oper­a­tors may be re­stricted to re­quire­ments given in the draft no­ti­fi­ca­tion on such prod­ucts.

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