Consumer Voice - - Food & Stuff -

The new amend­ments are ex­pected to fa­cil­i­tate the emer­gence of new in­no­va­tions in the food in­dus­try, thereby pro­vid­ing con­sumers a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts to choose from. It will boost the global prac­tice of in­gre­di­ent-based prod­uct ap­proval in In­dia.

One ma­jor re­vised change in the amend­ment is that re­lated to nu­traceu­ti­cals and health sup­ple­ments. They are no longer clas­si­fied as ‘pro­pri­etary foods’. Stan­dards for nu­traceu­ti­cals are be­ing es­tab­lished by FSSAI sep­a­rately. This will en­able es­tab­lish­ment of ap­pro­pri­ate health and nutri­tion claims and spe­cific stan­dards for the nu­traceu­ti­cals seg­ment. Also, by reg­u­lat­ing the ad­di­tion of vi­ta­mins and min­er­als in pro­pri­etary foods, FSSAI has en­sured that no mis­lead­ing health/nutri­tion claims can be made by food mar­keters. This move is not just con­sumer- friendly but is also be­ing ap­pre­ci­ated by FBOs as­so­ci­ated with the nu­traceu­ti­cals and the di­etary sup­ple­ment in­dus­try. Nu­traceu­ti­cals can be clas­si­fied as di­etary sup­ple­ments, in­clud­ing vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, and func­tional food and bev­er­ages such as those for­ti­fied with omega fatty acids and pro­bi­otics, and en­ergy and sports drinks. – Com­piled by Richa Pande

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