FSSAI deliberates on using advanced technological tools to ascertain food quality, safety

INDIA – Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has said it is exploring the possibility of using next generation technological tools like blockchain and machine learning to ensure food safety and quality. Such tools assume importance as the current pandemic situation has negatively affected many aspects of routine regulatory inspections, monitoring and surveillance at both the domestic level and border points which are indispensable for ensuring food safety and quality. Addressing a virtual event organized by industry chamber CII, FSSAI CEO Arun Singhal urged the industry and researchers…

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Delhi government urges worship centers to secure FSSAI’s BHOG

INDIA – Delhi government, India’s capital territory, is urging religious places in the national capital to procure Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI’s) Blissful Hygienic Offering to God (BHOG) certification for their ‘prasad’-sacred food and ‘langar’- community kitchen, from the food safety department. BHOG is an initiative of FSSAI recently launched to encourage Places of Worship (POW) to adopt and maintain food safety and hygiene as well as convey food safety messages through such places to the people to follow as responsible citizens. The city’s Food Safety commissioner,…

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FSSAI, ASCI join hands to curb misleading adverts in F&B sector

INDIA – The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has signed an agreement with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), to safeguard consumers against misleading claims in food and beverage (F&B) ads, attributed in part to the surge in complaints amongst consumers, amidst the Covid 19 pandemic. ASCI will identify ads which violate provisions of Food Safety and Standards Regulations and FSSAI would further investigate these. According to a statement issued by ASCI, it will set up a three-member expert panel to evaluate foods and beverages advertising…

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FSSAI orders name change for Multi Sourced Edible Vegetable Oil

INDIA – India’s food statutory body, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a directive for amendment in the nomenclature of ‘Blended Edible Oil’ which was recently renamed as ‘Multi Sourced Edible Vegetable Oil’. According to the direction, the ‘Multi Sourced Edible Vegetable Oil’, a term which came into effect on June 8, 2021, after the FSSAI had earlier notified the same in the official gazette, will now be referred to as ‘Multi Sourced Edible Oil’.  The term ‘vegetable’ was removed after the apex food regulator got…

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FSSAI new menu labelling laws targets food restaurants

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has stretched its labelling regime to restaurant chains operating in multiple states, obligating them to furnish consumers with information about food items displayed on their menus, like the calorific value, allergen details, nutritional information and health warnings. The provision encompassing restaurant chains has been incorporated into the newly enacted 2020 Food Safety and Standards labelling and display regulations. FSSAI’s move is expected to give a hard time to most of the restaurant chains as the new requirement is not…

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