Sattvik Council of India launches certification scheme for vegetarian products

INDIA – Sattvik Council of India, a food safety and regulatory compliance for vegetarian and allied adherents, has launched the Sattvik Council Certification scheme in association with its global audit Partner, Bureau Veritas, at the India International Centre, New Delhi.  The main objective of the scheme is to render a ‘Vegetarian Environment’ for the vegetarian and vegan consumers of India and global markets by creating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in all applicable areas having the potential for guaranteed 100% vegetarian environment. The scheme entails plans to provide consistent safe vegetarian…

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FSSAI’s survey on industrially produced TFAs shows dipping trend

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI) baseline survey for presence of industrially produced trans-fatty acid content, has unveiled that only 3.14 per cent of the 6,245 samples of packaged food items collected, contained trans-fat exceeding 2 per cent. The food regulator had earlier mandated a reduction on the limit of industrially produced trans-fats, to not more than 2 per cent to rid the country of industrially-produced trans-fats by 2022, a year-ahead of the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. Industrially produced trans-fatty acids (TFAs) are developed…

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FSSAI applauds top nine states in 2020-2021 food safety index ranks

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have unveiled its 2020-2021 food safety index ranks placing Gujarat, Kerala and Tamil Nadu states top of the list. The index uses five parameters of food safety to rank states including, human resources and institutional data, compliance, food testing facility, training and capacity building in addition to consumer empowerment. Gujarat, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have topped in the list of large states on the index. Among small states, Goa came first followed by Meghalaya and Manipur. Among union territories,…

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FSSAI issues draft document on vegan foods regulations

INDIA – India’s regulatory watchdog, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued draft Food Safety and Standards (Vegan Foods) Regulations, 2021, outlining vegan foods and stating compliance requirements in regards to labeling, packaging and a logo exclusively meant for vegan food products. FSSAI’s draft regulations define ‘Vegan Food’ as “ those foods or food ingredients that have not made use of any ingredients, additives and processing aids of animal origin including milk and milk products, fish, poultry and meat, egg or egg products, honey or honey…

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FSSAI suspends FBO licenses, introduces front side food packet labeling

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has suspended the licenses of 15 food business operators in Kerala as they failed to comply with the requisite mandatory safety audits despite repeated reminders. The FSSAI had earlier directed carrying out of audits of Food Business Operators (FBOs) through private auditing agencies, in bid to strengthen the food safety oversight system. The move also sought to cultivate and foster a self-compliance culture. The regulator said in a statement that even after repeated intimation and issuance of improvement notices…

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FSSAI directs states to probe violations of milk, dairy labelling norms

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), has directed state food safety departments to look into and identify specific instances of violation by ecommerce platforms, claiming their plant-based products as ‘milk’. The new rule could impact new-age brands and direct-to-consumer (D2C) dairy alternatives such as Raw Pressery, Epigamia, Urban Platter and Goodmylk, as well as Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) majors such as Sofit (Hershey’s) and Amul. FSSAI ordered the businesses to delist such products from the platform and ensure that no such defaulting products listed…

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FSSAI issues directions on Recommended Dietary Allowance for food businesses

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a direction regarding the value of Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for food businesses for reference and compliance following a revision on the requirements by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in 2020. The direction said a collated document referred to as RDA 2020 in respect of new RDA values for vitamins, minerals and amino acids is provided to food businesses for the purpose of reference and compliance. The RDA values of vitamins, minerals and amino acids…

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FSSAI awards hygiene certificates to child care centres in India

INDIA – Twenty-five rural child care centres in India (Anganwadi) of Kanniyakumari district have received Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s Hygiene Rating Certificates based following a review by the authority. Anganwadis were started by the Indian government in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program to combat child hunger and malnutrition. According to Collector M. Aravind, the anganwadis, after undergoing rigorous inspection done by the FSSAI team, received the certification for having ensured cleanliness on its premises and serving safe food to the children in…

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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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