FSSAI urged to do away with mandatory food fortification

INDIA – The Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) – Kisan Swaraj has written to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to terminate the plan to make synthetic/chemical fortification of foods mandatory in India. The FSSAI had earlier issued a draft regulation for mandatory fortification of edible oil and milk with Vitamin A and D. The FSSAI has also outlined its plan to make rice fortification mandatory from 2024 with Vitamin B12, Iron, and Folic Acid in India. ASHA-Kisan Swaraj is a volunteer-driven large informal network of…

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Gambia launches Food Fortification Regulations 2020 to strengthen sector

GAMBIA – The Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA) of the Gambia has launched the country’s Food Fortification Regulations 2020, developed to serve as a regulatory tool for compliance and enforcement on edible fats and oil, wheat flour and food grade salt and to regulate imported and locally produced goods. The project is funded by European Union (EU) and supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with the Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA). The launching, presided over by Vice President Dr. Isatou Touray, was part of…

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Kenya National Food fortification summit roots for joint effort to enhance food fortification

KENYA – Stakeholders at the 2nd Kenya National Food fortification summit have emphasized the importance of concerted effort and multi-sectoral approaches to increase food fortification efforts for a nourished country. The summit running under the theme: “Creating an Enabling Environment for Food Fortification in Kenya” was organized to assess the progress made compared to challenges that were highlighted during the 2018 summit. As the stakeholders reflected on the milestones made since the first summit held in 2018, the summit established a number of key achievements through the Kenya National Food…

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India’s food safety authority issues SOPs for licensing and registration of fortified food products

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued provisions for licensing and registration of fortified food products in its Food Safety and Compliance System. The provisions cover processed food products categories, including milk, edible oil, fortified fruit juices, rice, wheat flour and maida1 (refined flour), fortified cereal products, fortified bakery ware, and salt. As per FSSAI-issued standard operating procedures, food business operators (FBOs) are required to upload test reports showing levels of fortificants in the fortified food product. Results must be obtained from the FSSAI…

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