FSSAI, Ministry of Ayush formulate standards for ‘Ayurveda Aahara’ category

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in partnership with the Ministry of Ayush (MOA), has formulated regulations of safety and quality standards for food products under ‘Ayurveda Aahara’ category. According to the regulation, manufacturing and marketing of ‘Ayurveda Aahara’ products will now adhere to strict Food Safety and Standards (Ayurveda Aahara) Regulations, 2022 rules and…

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FSSAI revamps inspection rules for high-risk food categories

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has planned a revamp of inspection rules for food chains where it has labeled 8 categories of food as high-risk for which inspections will be mandatory. The high-risk categories include dairy products and analogues, meat and meat products including poultry, fish and fish products, eggs and egg products, foodstuffs…

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FSSAI seeks review of packaged still, mineral water licenses

INDIA – The Food Safety Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) has asked food commissioners of states and union territories to review the licenses granted to bottlers following mounting complaints about packaged still and mineral water being sold without Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification. BIS certification is mandatory on packaged water bottles. The regulator has published a new standard for…

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Public health experts shun FSSAI on pushing for adoption of health star rating on junk foods

INDIA – Public health experts have counselled the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to issue a ‘warning’ label on packaged junk foods instead of health star ratings as they are misleading and doing more harm than good to customers. Health star rating is a labelling system that grades packaged foods on the scale of one to five…

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Delhi government to train food businesses on food safety to improve national ranking

INDIA – The Delhi government in India is buckling down to impart food safety training and certification (FOSTAC) to all food business operators in the city, in an effort to improve its score in the national food safety rankings conducted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The state food safety department has taken a slew of…

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Food safety Commissioner in India’s Tamil Nadu state orders bottled drinking water companies to ensure safety

INDIA – The food safety commissioner of Tamil Nadu, India, has urged the bottled drinking water companies in the state to provide safe drinking water to consumers. He said of the 1640 packaged drinking water companies in the state, the products of only a third were suitable for safe drinking. The authorities said that nearly a quarter of the water…

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FSSAI to introduce new regulations for bread, beer

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is set to roll out new regulations for two important everyday consumption items – bread and beer. The FSSAI CEO, Arun Singhal, said beer brands will have to disclose the calorie count per bottle or can while bread makers will be allowed to label products as ‘multigrain’, ‘whole wheat’,…

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FSSAI to train street food vendors in India’s West Zone on food safety standards

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has for the first time organized a training for India’s street food vendors in the interest of public health. Training will be given to street vendors in the west zone, covering Gandhinagar, Malleshwaram, Rajajinagar, Mahalakshmi Layout, Govindarajanagar and Chamarajpet Assembly segments. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) stated that…

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FSSAI issues draft on sheep milk, oil standards amendments

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a draft inviting comments on proposed amendments in the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations related to sheep milk and standards of olive oil amongst others. The draft proposed addition of the standards for sheep milk wherein the fat content is fixed…

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India’s civil society groups voice concern over FSSAI’s draft GM foods regulations

INDIA – Citizens and civil society groups have raised concern on the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI’s) draft Genetically Modified (GM) foods regulations claiming it will give a leeway for entry of the goods into the country. Following years of hesitation on the issue, the FSSAI had released the draft regulations on GM foods on November 15,…

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