Nu­traceu­ti­cals and food sup­ple­ments will no longer be pro­pri­etary foods: FSSAI

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Nu­traceu­ti­cals and health and di­etary sup­ple­ments such as for­ti­fied foods and en­ergy drinks will no longer be con­sid­ered pro­pri­etary food by In­dia’s food reg­u­la­tor, ac­cord­ing to re­vised rules. They will likely have to be ap­proved as a sep­a­rate cat­e­gory.

Ac­cord­ing to the FSSAI’s new reg­u­la­tions up­loaded on its web­site, pro­pri­etary food is now de­fined as “ ar­ti­cle of food that has not been stan­dard­ised un­der th­ese (Food Safety and Stan­dards) reg­u­la­tions, but does not in­clude any novel food, food for spe­cial di­etary use, func­tional food, nu­traceu­ti­cal, health sup­ple­ment and such other ar­ti­cles of food which the Cen­tral Govern­ment may no­tify in this be­half.” The reg­u­la­tions also spec­ify that “the food busi­ness op­er­a­tor shall be fully re­spon­si­ble for the safety of the pro­pri­etary food.”

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