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Ice cream, frozen desserts and milk related FAQs clarified by FSSAI

Updated: May 22, 2019

Frequently asked questions related to milk products have been issued by the FSSAI. It has been stated that ice cream and frozen desserts are permitted as per the Food Safety and Standards Act,2006 and regulations, 2011. Their standards can be seen in sub-regulation 2.1.14 for ice cream and sub-regulation 2.1.15 for frozen desserts.

Quality and safety parameters of milk products are covered under these standards which can ensure consumer safety. Vegetable fat is utilized in frozen desserts; however, milk fat is used in ice creams. This is the only difference amongst the two milk products.

Frozen dessert must have a label stating “Contains ………………. % Milk Fat* Edible Vegetable Oil* and Vegetable Fat* and Vegetable Protein Product” (*strike out whatever is not applicable).” This information must be checked by the consumer before the product purchase.

The products which are obtained through freezing of a pasteurized mix which is developed through vegetable protein products, edible vegetable oils or both are termed as frozen desserts. Incorporated air may also be present in frozen desserts. The products obtained through freezing of pasteurized mix developed through milk or milk derivatives or both is termed as ice cream.

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