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05-09-2019

Amul gets notice for non-participation in milk fortification program: FSSAI

Amul has refused to milk fortification program due to which it gets a notice by FSSAI. The fortification program is for the artificial inclusion of

07-08-2019

Food Safety Recovery Regulations, 2019 notified by FSSAI

The Food authority has come up with the regulation to ensure the food safety and standards related with recovery and distribution of surplus food. The

07-08-2019

Food Safety Recovery Regulations, 2019 notified by FSSAI

The Food authority has come up with the regulation to ensure the food safety and standards related with recovery and distribution of surplus food. The

03-08-2019

Discontinue toy addition in food packs: FSSAI

An advisory is issued by the FSSAI to food businesses related to discontinuation of toy addition in food products. It is done to prevent the

30-07-2019

Voluntary logo launched for tans-fat-free claim: FSSAI

The FSSAI stated that they have introduced a voluntary logo for trans-fat-free claim made by FBOs (food business operators). The FBOs can display it at

30-07-2019

Non-GMO Certification requirements updated by NSF International

An updated version of non-GMO certification program has been published by NSF International. The revision was done with the help from regulatory, industry and non-GMO

Updated: July 29, 2019

New milk sampling scheme launched: FSSAI
A new scheme for sampling, testing and inspection of milk has been launched by the FSSAI. This step is taken to strengthen internal controls at dairy processing establishments.

Updated: July 24, 2019

Topway food registration suspended due to Listeria presence; unwillingness to correct violations
The food facility registration of Topway Enterprises is suspended by the USFDA. The presence of Listeria inside Topway facility is the reason for registration suspension. The company was involved in selling or distribution of food.

Updated: July 24, 2019

Fennel seed whole recall due to Salmonella risk
Fennel seed whole batch no. 25031 is being recalled by Mountain Rose Herbs, Oregon following the recall notice posted by the USFDA. The recall is due to the potential of Salmonella contamination..

Updated: July 24, 2019

Potential Listeria contamination leads to cheese recall
Gouda cheese slices (C29N/290351) from Ryki brand of Polish Trade Center Ltd. is being recalled due to Listeria contamination possibility. Test results from Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) triggered this recall. Updated food recall warnings have been shared by the CFIA in case of high-risk products recall.

Updated: July 22, 2019

Veg oil with more than 25% TPCs banned for frying purpose by FSSAI
In a recently issued draft notification, the FSSAI has fixed Total Polar Compounds (TPCs) for unused veg oils/fats at not more than 15%. And the use of veg oil having TPCs more than 25% is banned for frying.

Updated: July 20, 2019

Mint, Dried oregano, coconut water standards notified by FSSAI
The standards for dried oregano, mint and coconut water are released by the FSSAI. These regulations has to be adhered by all food business operators till 01 July 2020. There was no stringent standard initially available for fruits and coconut water.

Updated: July 17, 2019

FSSAI Guidance note on dietary food use for sportspersons
A guidance note on Foods for Special Dietary uses for Sportspersons (FSDUS) has been issued by the FSSAI. It is applicable to the sports fraternity, manufacturers, importers, retailers and general public.

Updated: July 16, 2019

FSSAI notifies about non-iodised common salt sale prohibition
The FSSAI has directed all the FBOs (food business operators) through notification that the sale of non-iodised salt is prohibited and common salt without iodine will no longer be available.

Updated: July 13, 2019

New Sanitization Methods to boost Improved Raspberries Processing
The Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) at Illinois Institute of Technology released a study claiming that new techniques in processing of frozen raspberries can minimize the risk of certain foodborne illnesses. Efficacy of chlorine alternatives in the elimination of norovirus, hepatitis A and Listeria monocytogenes was investigated in the study.

Updated: July 12, 2019

Food Safety in Corn Products can be improved using New Reference Material
A new reference material to identify deadly toxins in corn products has been developed by the scientists at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This new product namely Standard Reference Material 1565 or SRM 1565, can be used by the lab scientists to measure poisonous compounds like mycotoxins (produced by mold) in corn.

Updated: July 10, 2019

Ban on diacetyl’s use notified by FSSAI
Under the Food Safety and Standards Regulations (2019), the FSSAI notified a ban on the use of diacetyl, a chemical used as flavoring agent in the edible oil industry.

Updated: July 04, 2019

Discourage use of staple pins drive on food packets: FSSAI
Commissioners of Food Safety of all states and union territories and all Central licensing authorities received a letter from the FSSAI emphasizing on discouraging the use of staple pins on food packets.

Updated: July 01, 2019

FDA warns Sprout, tofu company after inspectors found bugs, rodents, Listeria
After concluding an inspection 18 months ago, the FDA now issued a warning letter to a sprout and tofu facility where the officials found living rodents and cockroaches, as well as Listeria bacteria.

Updated: June 28, 2019

Red color coding soon to be must for high-fat, sugar, salt foods
FSSAI’s new labelling and display guidelines will make it compulsory for FBOs (Food Business Operators) to display red color-coding for food products containing high-fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on front-of-the-pack labels. New norms will supersede the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011 and in a period of three years color-coding requirements will be implemented in a phased manner.

Updated: June 26, 2019

US lab reports suggests alarming Cyanide levels in Indian salt brands
American West Analytical Laboratories, United States of America stated in its report that the high profile salt brands selling processed iodised salt in Indian market contain some carcinogenic components like cyanide at harmful levels. This was conveyed after conducting tests on numerous salt brands like Tata salt, Sambhar Refined Salt etc. and the concentration of cyanide found in them was 1.85mg/kg and 4.71mg/kg respectively.

Updated: June 24, 2019

FDA Released New Draft Guidance for Improving Seed’s Safety for Sprouting
In the recent time, the FDA has come across many outbreaks of foodborne illness related to contaminated sprouts and their study. These outbreaks lead to some serious illness issues to many people. Study from the FDA indicates that it may be due to the use of contaminated seeds used for sprouting. As the seeds are grown in warm and humid conditions, they become prone to bacteria infection.

Updated: June 22, 2019

Investigation ordered by FSSAI for health supplement and nutraceutical
FSSAI has ordered all the State Food Safety Commissioners to investigate and verify the reports of false claims made by the food business operators (FBOs) covered under the food safety regulations for health supplements, nutraceuticals, foods for dietary use, foods for medical purposes, novel foods and functional foods.

Updated: June 21, 2019

Canada: New food policy announced to improve enforcement
To provide support to the community projects and provide extra funding to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the federal government announced new food policy for Canada.

Updated: June 19, 2019

Gluten-free food note by FSSAI brings safe food for allergic people
To ensure safe food for people with a gluten allergy, the FSSAI has issued a guidance note on gluten-free food. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Celiac disease termed for gluten allergy, is a hereditary, chronic inflammatory disorder of the small intestine, stimulated by gluten in genetically predisposed individuals.

Updated: June 15, 2019

FSSAI norms to restrict reach of unhealthy food to school kids
The country’s apex food regulator, FSSAI, is gearing up to bring protocols in place to regulate and prohibit sale of unhealthy food in school premises and within a 50m radius of the school.

Updated: June 14, 2019

Cooking oil collection guidelines issued by FSSAI
The guidelines for collection of the used cooking oil by biodiesel manufacturers from FBOs (food business operators) through authorized collection agencies has been issued by the FSSAI. The apex regulator gave the responsibility to the biodiesel manufacturers for ensuring that the used cooking oil collected by authorized agencies does not go back into the food value chain. It should only be used to manufacture biodiesel.

Updated: June 13, 2019

FSSAI to implement new packaging regulations from July
FSSAI is ready to implement new packaging regulations effective from July 1, 2019 replacing existing regulations. It will certainly raise the food safety bar in India.

Updated: June 7, 2019

19 rapid analytical food testing kits approved by the FSSAI
The FSSAI, apex food regulator has approved 19 rapid food testing kits and devices. This has been done to validate test results quickly by on-ground food safety officers. These are handy kits for common products such as edible oil and milk, which are vulnerable to adulteration.

Updated: June 3, 2019

Licenses will be issued to unattended applications
The FSSAI has stated that registrations and licenses will be issued automatically to food businesses in case of unattended applications. This is done in response to the communications received regarding the non-processing or delaying in license issuance.

Updated: June 1, 2019

Fewer food licenses by the FSSAI resulting in Food-Borne Disorders
According to a recent report, only 4.67 lakh eating out places are licensed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India out of 25 lakh places including eateries, restaurants and dhabas. It indicates that the public health is at risk due to non-regulatory approach. The state food safety authorities have been asked by the FSSAI to issue licenses within two months of filing to eligible parties. However, the app-based food ordering business lead to the generation of more food outlets by those who do not have the FSSAI license.

Updated: June 1, 2019

Non-compliance of FSSAI’s Hygiene rules by Juice Shops
According to a report by the National Institute of Nutrition, about 97% of tested fruits samples contained pathogens such as faecal coli forms, Shigella, Staphylococcus aureus and E-coli. It is due to non-compliance of hygiene rules issued by the FSSAI.

Updated: May 31, 2019

14 unaccredited state labs operation will be discontinued
FSSAI will be discontinuing the operations of 14 unaccredited laboratories as food laboratories. This will be done because all 14 laboratories have not submitted the undertaking with NABL accreditation despite of several reminders in last two years. These labs will be discontinued with effect from 14 June 2019 as per Section 98 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

Updated: May 29, 2019

Processing technique by CSIR scientists for crispier fruit
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.

Updated: May 27, 2019

FSSAI Safety regulations for Infant nutritional food
A draft regulation “Food Safety Standards (Food for Infant Nutrition) Regulations 2019 is notified by FSSAI for infant nutritional food. It includes standards for infant formula having medicinal purpose, precisely for infants who are born with inborn errors in metabolism (IEM).

Updated: May 22, 2019

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

Updated: May 18, 2019

Draft regulation to define mozzarella cheese: FSSAI
A draft regulation has been notified by FSSAI stating the mozzarella cheese definition and standards for lactose-free/low-lactose milk. The definition was not stated in the earlier regulation leading to the increase utilization of mozzarella cheese in quick service restaurants.
New labelling regulations for wheat and maida deferred by 3 months: FSSAI
FSSAI has given a three-month extension till 31 July 2019 to food business operators (FBOs) to label refined wheat flour as maida and wheat flour as atta on food products. The due date to follow this order issued by FSSAI was 30 April 2019. The time period has been extended to comply the order following the industry scenario and representations received from FBOs. The extension helps the state food authorities to make the required arrangements to conduct surveys.
Draft notification to modify Appendix A under food additives: FSSAI
A draft notification has been released by FSSAI to modify Appendix A under heading IV of food additives. It has been named as the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2019. It contains the maximum quantity level of various additives which can be utilized by a food manufacturer, majorly for bakery products. Food additives have been utilized to improvise the appearance, quality and taste of food products.
Chinese milk and chocolate import ban extended by six months
A further six month ban extension has been enforced by FSSAI on the import of various Chinese items such as chocolates, and milk products. This extension has been done because the entry ports in India have not upgraded their food testing labs so far.
New method by FSSAI to identify veg oils adulteration in ghee
The food regulator of country FSSAI has released a latest method to identify the adulteration of vegetable oils in ghee. Scientific panel, food authority and scientific committee have approved this new method. Food testing laboratories are directly to utilize this method with immediate effect. Method will be applicable for groundnut oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil and coconut oil.
Synthetic color additive's safety confirmed by IACM
Three studies released by International Association of Color Manufacturers (IACM) confirm the safety of synthetic color additives. IACM is known for its unmatched knowledge and access to color industry experts and leading scientific researchers.
DATEM: All rounder Emulsifier in Bakery
The most significant raw material in baking goods is wheat flour, the quality of which is very important. Variety of wheat, growth and climate conditions impact the quality of wheat flour. To have a consistent wheat flour quality is a challenge for baking industry. Diacetyl Tartaric acid ester of monoglycerides (DATEM) supports the bakers to surmount the fluctuations observed in flour quality.
Stevia Vanilla & cocoa flavor enhancers launched by PureCircle
New stevia leaf-based flavor enhancers to increase cocoa and vanilla flavors have been launched by PureCircle. This can support the companies to manufacture products at affordable prices. Natural flavors can be written on labels for these new products.
FSSAI launches Eat Right India Movement
'Eat Right India' movement has been launched by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) .Eat right movement rests on five key pillars – Eating healthy,Eating safe,Eating fortified,no food waste and physical activity.
Foreign material found in RTE Corned Beef
San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico-based Procesadora La Hacienda Inc.recalled RTE corned beef after receiving complaints of possible contamination of product with soft plastic and metal pieces.The product was distributed to schools . Federal officials have requested School nutrition professionals who have purchased these products not to prepare or consume these products and have advised to throw away or return to the place of purchase.
PET Food Recalled due to high level of Vitamin D
Nutrisca, a St. Louis company is recalling it’s products because of excess levels of Vitamin D. As per company’s recall notices ,the presence of excessive vitamin D resulted from a formulation error. The product was distributed through retail stores nationwide. The recalled dry dog foods
FSSAI Issues order regarding display of display boards for different Food Businesses
As per order issued dated 19 September 2018, FSSAI has made mandatory the display of food safety display boards for consumer awareness. Display board needs to be displayed all the times in a prominent place in the premises. The display board needs to mention the FSSAI license number so as to ensure compliance of the conditions of the license. Regarding the printing specifications, A4 size for FSSAI Registered food business and A3 for FSSAI Licensed Food Business is recommended by the regulator.
Peanuts Recalled by PepsiCo because of Aflatoxin contamination
Peanuts were recalled from multiple countries due to higher than permitted levels of Aflatoxin contamination in the product. According to PepsiCo, the product has been sent to and sold in Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. PepsiCo is requesting people not to consume the product and return it to the point of sale. Aflatoxins are poisonous carcinogens , they are produced by moulds which grow in soil, decaying vegetation, hay, and grains. Children are particularly affected by Aflatoxin exposure, which is associated with stunted growth, delayed development, liver damage, and liver cancer.
Strawberries found to be contaminated with needles in Australia.
Seven brands of strawberries in Australia believed to be contaminated with needles and pins prompting authorities to issue warnings to public to slice the fruit before eating. Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart told reporters on Monday that it was unclear if the contamination was the result of a single person acting alone or several people acting independently and that tracing back through the complex supply chain was taking time. Consumers in Queensland were the first to report finding needles embedded inside strawberries.
FSSAI separates standards for Frozen vegetables like beans, cauliflower, and spinach
FSSAI has separated standards for frozen vegetables like beans, peas, cauliflower, and spinach. The nation's summit food regulator has issued a draft in such manner, and once embraced nourishment business administrators (FBOs) exchanging such frozen items should consent to the new standards endorsed by it for the same.