Food safety regulator FSSAI has come out with quality and safety norms to regulate food or health supplements, nutraceuticals, functional and dietary foods and has sought public comments over the same.
At present India doesn’t have any guidelines for the manufacturing and approval of such products. The move comes after the case of banned Maggi noodles, which was said to contain more than the permitted levels of Monosodium Glutamate.
The draft regulations have been framed for manufacture and sale of food or health supplements, nutraceuticals, foods for special dietary uses, foods for special medical purpose, functional foods and novel food by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. The norms are expected to weed out the harmful products from the market and encourage the stake-holders to invest in the fast-growing market.
“Comments on the norms will be accepted till the next 60 days and the notification will come into effect from the 1st of January, next year”, the FSSAI said.
As per the newly drafted FSSAI norms, “No person shall manufacture, pack, sell, offer for sale, market or otherwise distribute or import any food products referred to in these regulations unless they comply with the requirements laid down in these regulations.”
The manufacturing of a food product must be based on scientific and nutritional principles and supported by scientific data wherever required. FSSAI has drafted that no hormones or steroids or psychotropic ingredients should be added in these foods.
Apart from the nutritional values, the labels must clearly address the target group of that particular product and the psychological or other disease conditions which they address.
“The labels, accompanying leaflets/or other labelling and advertising of all types of foods, referred to in these regulations, should provide sufficient information on the nature and purpose of the food as well as detailed instructions and precautions for their use”, it said, the businesstoday reports.