Nutritional value labelling for E-commerce food outlets to come into force next month

INDIA – E-commerce food business operators (FBOs) will from 1 July be required to list the nutritional values and food allergens of all items displayed on the menu. The apex food regulator directed both Swiggy and Zomato, who are both top food delivery companies, to upgrade the interface so that FBOs can add the nutritional information for each dish they…

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FSSAI issues final rule for vegan food

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has published the final rule for the Food Safety and Standards (Vegan Foods) Regulations, 2022, thereby specifying what constitutes vegan food, what kind of labelling/packaging will be required for it and the compliances for Food Business Operators. Last year in September, FSSAI drew up the draft regulations and publicized…

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Solidaridad launches traceability feature for dairy sector in Maharashtra India

INDIA – Solidaridad, an international civil society organization, has launched a traceability feature for the dairy sector under the Trust Dairy project, in Maharashtra, in partnership with Nutreco, Govind Milk and Milk Products Pvt. Ltd. and Agricultural Development Trust Baramati. Several eminent representatives from the public and private sectors were present at the launch event. The dignitaries spoke on a…

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Stale meat discovered in India’s Ya Mohaideen Biryani restaurant

INDIA – Food safety department officials have raided a popular restaurant on 100 Feet Road in Chennai’s Vadapalani found close to 60 kg of expired meat, including chicken and fish. The raid was in response to a customer complaint stating that they had been served stale meat at the Ya Mohaideen Biryani restaurant. A team of officials led by Dr…

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Laboratory analysis finds Indian teas in auctions unfit for human consumption

INDIA – The Federation of All India Tea Traders Associations (FAITTA) has announced that analysis has shown that teas purchased through auctions are unfit for human consumption, as they are below standards. FAITTA has informed that they had engaged M/S Eurofins Analytical Services India Limited to test the teas purchased through auction sales by various buyers. When tested against the…

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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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Officials in Kerala India shut down over 200 hotels citing unhygienic practices

INDIA – The government of India has shut down over 200 hotels and seized large quantities of stale meat and fish in a week-long operation across the north Kerala state, following the death of a 16-year-old girl after consuming stale shawarma. “During the drive, over 500 kg stale meat and 6,000 kg fish laced with chemicals was seized in the…

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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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