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