FSSAI creates draft regulations for Genetically Modified food

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has created a draft set of regulations for genetically modified food, proposing that the manufacture, sale, and import of food or ingredients made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) require prior authorization from the regulator. According to the FSSAI, GMOs created for food usage will be subject to the proposed…

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HUL Pureit launches new range of RO + UV + Minerals-based water purifiers

INDIA – HUL Pureit, a water purifying company in India, has launched its new range of RO + UV + Minerals-based water purifiers with FiltraPower technology, which removes toxic substances like industrial chemicals, pesticides, and pathogens, and provide safe drinking water. The new range, Pureit Vital Series, which the company claims meet safety standards and is tested by international laboratories,…

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Bureau of Indian Standards to set up more testing labs in India

INDIA – The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is set to increase the number of testing labs in the country with an aim to speed up the sampling and testing of commodities for exports. “The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has begun country-wide mapping of testing labs. Not only BIS labs but also private labs, National Accreditation Board for Testing…

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FSSAI establishes stringent labeling requirements for bread manufacturers

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has enacted strict labeling standards for bread producers that will go into effect in May of 2019, a move that will gratify the nation’s health-conscious populace. In order to comply with the requirement, bakeries must use at least 75% whole wheat flour in their whole wheat bread, as well…

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Acheson Group sets foot in India

INDIA – India has become a new market for The Acheson Group (TAG), a global food safety and public health consulting group. The company is headed by David Acheson, MD, a former FDA Associate Commissioner for Foods. Indian food enterprises may now access the same range of services provided throughout North America, from both North American and Indian professionals. TAG…

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FSSAI orders mandatory registration of foreign import food facilities

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has announced that starting February 1, 2023, foreign food manufacturing facilities that come under five food categories and who are intending to export these products to India, will have to register in order to do so. The five categories include infant food, nutraceuticals, egg powder, and meat and meat…

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GreenPod Labs receives approval for its active packaging solution

INDIA – Chennai-based biotechnology company GreenPod Labs has received approval from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for its active packaging solution meant to preserve the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables. Last month during the 2022 Food Awareness Day, GreenPod Labs Sachets received the FSSAI’s scientific committee clearance in the category of extending the shelf life…

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FSSAI launches Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) amendments

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has launched the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) First Amendment Regulations, 2022, which establish standards for product shelf life and nutritional information. The amendment stipulates that cholesterol content must only be disclosed for products containing fats of animal origin and when total fat content is greater than…

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Study demonstrates potential of x-ray technology in agricultural sector

INDIA – A study led by a team of researchers from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the Fraunhofer Development Center for X-ray Technology (EZRT), has demonstrated the potential of X-ray radiography for a rapid and non-destructive determination of key market-related traits from X-ray scans of peanuts while still inside the hull. Consequently, the evaluation…

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FSSAI to kick off phase II of Eat Right Challenge for districts, rate Anganwadis

INDIA – India’s Food Safety Department is planning to commence the grading of rural child care centres (Anganwadis) on the basis of their food safety compliance. As part of the second phase of the “Eat Right Challenge,” four Anganwadis under each of the 14 food safety circles in the district will be chosen for the Food Safety and Standards Authority…

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