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A slew of new regulations to protect consumers in India.

India gets New Food Standards in 2019

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Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is on a roll in 2019. The food authority announced a slew of new regulations to protect consumers in India.

Among the new regulations announced is a new standard for all pulses, whole and decorticated pearl millet grains, degermed maize flour and maize grit, couscous, tempe, textured soy protein, sago flour, bee wax, and royal jelly from January 1, 2019.

Food authority is also taking an aim to control the use of antibiotics in produce. The food authority’s new limit on the use of antibiotics and pharmacology active substances has also come into effect from January 1, 2019.

The new antibiotic regulation will require animal products to be produced drug-free before they can be used as food. The new regulations also incorporate a drug withdrawal period before treated animals, eggs or milk can be used for consumption as food. This would result in enough time being given for the drugs to leave the animal’s body.

New standards for alcoholic beverages will also come into force on April 1, 2019.

FSSAI also has new regulations for food fortification that will be applicable from July 1, 2019. The new standards now provide a minimum and maximum range for the fortification of staples like wheat flour, maida, rice, salt, vegetable oil, and milk. The dosage of micronutrients has been adjusted to provide 30%-50% of the daily requirements.

The revised standards for milk and milk products came into force on July 1, 2018, except the compliance of labeling requirements for frozen desserts, which would apply from July 1, 2019.

The regulations on advertising and claims, packaging and labeling requirements of blended edible vegetable oils will come into force on July 1, 2019.

The food authority was also active in the year 2018 when it rolled out 27 new regulations. Those regulations impacted alcoholic beverages, food fortification, advertising and claims, packaging, residues of pesticides, tolerance limits of antibiotics and pharmacologically-active substances.

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