The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (“Ministry”) has issued the Draft Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2017 (“Draft Regulation”) on 7th November, 2017, thereby proposing to amend the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 (“Principal Regulation”).
The Ministry has invited objections or suggestions to the Draft Regulation, to be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Food and Drug Administration Bhawan, Kotla Road, New Delhi- 110002 or sent via email at firstname.lastname@example.org within a period of 30 days from 7th November, 2017, that is, by 7th December, 2017.
Key takeaways of the Draft Regulation:
In Food Category Descriptions under Appendix A of the Principal Regulation, the Draft Regulations propose to substitute/insert following types of food categories:
- The category of ‘Chocolate substitute and their products’ is proposed to be renamed as ‘Imitation chocolate, chocolate substitute products’.
- The entries under the categories ‘Hard Candy’, ‘Soft Candy’, ‘Nougats and Marzipans’ are proposed to be substituted.
- New categories like ‘Gur or Jaggery’, ‘Cane Jaggery/ Gur’, ‘Palm Jaggery/ Gur’ and ‘Date Jaggery/ Gur’ have been proposed to be inserted after the entry titled ‘Plantation or mill white sugar’.
- The category of ‘Herbs and spices including masalas’ is proposed to be renamed as ‘Herbs, spices, masalas, spice mixtures including oleoresins or extracts/derivatives thereof’.
For a complete read of the Draft Regulation, please follow the link below.