Food GMP Newsletter


HelloFresh recalls fish: Histamine poisoning


HelloFresh recalls specific batches of fish in New Zealand associated with cases of histamine poisoning.

Implicated product included Fresh fish filets of 280-grams and 560-gr


Specialty foods for IEM, hypoallergenic import allowed till May 1, 2021: FSSAI


The FSSAI has extended the approval to import specialty foods for IEM (Inborn Errors of Metabolism) and hypoallergenic conditions. FSSAI has released an order regarding this saying t


E. coli outbreak associated with romaine; illnesses span six states


Officers are probing another outbreak of E. Coli O157: H7 infections of unknown origin. During the last three weeks, it's the third such outbreak. The CDC says recalled romaine lettu


Draft norms for atta, food grain, multi-source veg oil, dehydrated veggies


The FSSAI has released a draft regulations for standards of raw edible oil, multi-source edible vegetable oil, dehydrated vegetables, protein-rich atta, multigrain atta, mixed millet


License Modification Date Extended to June 30, 2021: FSSAI


The FSSAI has released an order extending the period for modification of license by existing FSSAI licensed manufacturers, without any modification fee till June 30, 2021, applicable


Sale of Til oil, Kangra tea, Honeydew without Agmark Permitted: FSSAI


The FSSAI has notified the regulations for til oil (from the northeast), Kangra tea, and honeydew sale without Agmark. Presently, these products cannot be sold without the Agmark sea


Regulations fixing TPCs for used & unused vegetable oil: FSSAI


The FSSAI has issued regulations fixing Total Polar Compounds (TPCs) for used and unused edible vegetable oil.

As per the regulation, the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibiti


Recall of Miss Vickie's Kettle Cooked Potato Chips because of glass pieces


Miss Vickie's Canada, Ottawa-based, recalls specific Miss Vickie's brand Kettle Cooked Potato Chips because of glass pieces' possible presence. The CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Age


Food for Special Medical Purpose in foods similar to drugs: FSSAI clarification


FSSAI has released a guidance note on food for particular medical purposes (FSMP) because of the large number of applications under the FSS Non-specified Food and Food Ingredients Re


Alerts against imports of cheese, seafood, juice: FDA


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses import alerts to impose U.S. food safety regulations for imported food. The agency upgrades and alters the alerts as required.


Food Standards Agency issued a warning about contamination of eggs with Salmonella


The Food Standards Agency (FSA) released a warning for possible contamination of eggs with Salmonella. The warning pertains to British Lion eggs, in packs of six, 10, 12, and 15, tha


Salmonella risk in eggs: FSA warning


The FSA (Food Standards Agency) has released a warning regarding eggs contaminated with Salmonella.

The British Lion eggs were distributed in packs of 6, 10, 12, and 15, in s


FSSAI mandates food safety audits for meat & sweet shops by March 2021


The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued an order directing all the meat and sweet shops across the country to conduct a food safety audit of their premise


Sustainable palm oil - DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences set a trend


The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recently published over 30 case studies documenting industry efforts to transition to 100 percent sustainable palm oil. The step is a part of its campai


3-state Listeria outbreak because of Deli: 1 Death


United States' Public health officials have confirmed ten case reports requiring hospitalization and infected with a Listeria from three states–Florida, Massachusetts, and New


Notification of processing aids norms specifying intake, permitted level: FSSAI


The FSSAI has released the regulations regarding processing aids in India's official gazette, stated Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Ninth Amen


FoSCoS to implement nationwide; new system to come into force from November 1: FSSAI


FSSAI initiated the process; the Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCoS) will cover the entire country soon. The new system will come into force by November 1, 2020.

As per FS


Danish Shigella outbreak because of Fresh mint


Danish Shigella outbreak, reported in Denmark that affected more than 40 people, was probably because of imported fresh mint.

In the last two months, 44 consumers became ill,


Warning of Possible Salmonella in Liquid Tahina: CFIA


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) releases  public warning for not to consume or sell Alwatania brand Liquid Tahina because of possible Salmonella contaminati


Recall of Red Monkey Foods products containing parsley: Possible Salmonella contamination


Red Monkey Foods Inc. recalls organic parsley (initiated by High-Quality Organics (HQO) because of possible Salmonella contamination. 

The recalled products were allocat


Extension of last date to December 31, 2020 for mandatory food safety audit of FBOs: FSSAI


The FSSAI further extended the date as December 31, 2020, for (FBOs) food business operators' compulsory food safety audits under the FSS (Food Safety Auditing) Regulations, 2018. Ea


Recall of bakery products due to possible Salmonella contamination: Trinity Bakeshop Ltd


Trinity Bakeshop Ltd. recalls certain bakery products from the marketplace because of Salmonella contamination possibility. 

The items were distributed in Newfoundland a


Masking FBOs' info with stickers mandatory on food samples: FSSAI


The FSSAI released draft regulations regarding the rules for sampling and examining food items in which supplementary conditions are incorporated in the rules linked to approach for


Mexico's COFEPRIS and SENASICA collaborate with the USFDA for food safety


The Federal Commission for the Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) and the National Service of Agro-Alimentary Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA) of Mexico initiated a colla


Strict legal action against breach of IMS Act: FBOs


The FSSAI notified an advisory for strict compliance with the IMS Act's provisions, 1992 (Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Food (Regulations of Production, Supply


Recall of Country Fresh watermelon chunks due to Listeria


Possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination leads to recall of Country Fresh's watermelon chunks from selected outlets. The recent FDA inspection detected bacterial infestation on


To evade punishment, FBOs need to submit genuine information only: FSSAI


An advisory issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) states that the FBOs need to submit only genuine information, directly or through their agents and cons


Re-evaluation of Listeria in Ready-to-eat (RTE) foods by FAO and WHO


Experts from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are planning to re-evaluate the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in RTE foods at th


New Formula ensures safer consumption of camel milk, claim Denmark scientists


A formula for a freeze-dried starter culture to keep camel milk and its products safe was revealed by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) scientists. 

The Food and


Warning to Rhode Island consumers to avoid Health is Wealth products: Botulism risks


The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) releases advisory for consumers to avoid sea moss gel, juices, and smoothies, procured from Health is Wealth Nutrition Center located at


FSSAI is getting tough against the impure and adulterated edible oil


FSSAI has aggravated its crackdown against the adulterated edible oil's sale all over India, using a quality survey. The food regulator performed a survey pan-India between 25 to 27


Salmonella outbreak triggers investigation and Sprout recall


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a fourth notice to recall Micro-greens alfalfa sprouts. The notice's primary focus is on Sunsprout brand sprouts (100-gram packaging


USFDA issues a warning letter to Panacea Biotec for its Baddi manufacturing unit


USFDA issued a warning letter to Panacea Biotec India Ltd. for its manufacturing facility at Baddi, Himachal Pradesh. Panacea Biotec Pharma Ltd (PBPL), the company's wholly-owned unl


FSSAI promotes healthy food and a healthy diet for kids in school.


The Food Safety and Standards (Safe Food and Balanced Diets for Children in School) Regulations, 2020 were notified by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). These


Australian Scientists may find E. coli treatment as per the study


Australian scientists from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) claim to have unearthed a Shiga toxin producing pathway in their research that may help develop the treatment of e


FSSAI may necessitate edible oils fortification with vitamins A and D


The FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) is planning essential fortification of edible or cooking oil with vitamins A and D to enhance the country's population's immu


‘Best before’ label mandatory on loose sweets from October 1, 2020


The FSSAI issued a notification that a “best before date” label will become mandatory for all loose sweet packets and non-packaged sweets from October 1, 2020. 


FSSAI bans blending various edible oils in Mustard Oil


The FSSAI released a notification dated September 23, 2020, concerning the operationalization of Draft (FSS) Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Amendmen


Outbreak of Cyclospora infection due to salad has ended, claims CDC FDA may carry on its investigation


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claimed that the salad induced Cyclospora infections in various states has finally ended. The infection outbreak was caused by Fr


Food sold on social media may be risky for your health, warns FSIC


The Food Safety Information Council (FSIC) has released a warning for Australian citizens about the health hazards of food sold on various social media platforms like Facebook and We


180 days deadline for food packaging printing ink standards: FSSAI


FSSAI has directed for standardization of ‘printing inks’ used on food packaging vide Sub-Regulation 3(9) of FSS (Packaging) Regulations, 2018. It has now set a timeline


Ban on toluene-based inks for food packaging explained by DIC India


DIC India launched DIC Konnect, a unique digital program, to create awareness regarding the ban on toluene-based inks food packaging. Recently, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) b


Contaminants, toxins including Aflatoxin M1 norms issued: FSSAI


The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) releases gazette notification for regulations on crop and metal contaminants' limits in food items.

This Food Safety


Disclosure of calories becomes necessity for food services companies having 10 or more outlets


A gazette notification from the FSSAI named the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) First Amendment Regulations, 2020 mandates the disclosure of calorific value (in k


EFSA declares new date for Dietary sugars’ safety assessment: in 2021


The EFSA’s (European Food Safety Authority) announces a new date for dietary sugars’ safety assessment because of the Covid-19 pandemic. An exceptionally high volume of s


Reoperationalisation of additives & licensing norms for fish, fish products: FSSAI


The FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) releases an order regarding the operationalization of the FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) and FSS (Food P


Brazil nuts contaminated with salmonella : INFOSAN alerts


An alert for contamination of Brazil nuts by-product with Salmonella Anatum and Salmonella Typhimurium has been raised by the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN)<


GM Free certificate mandatory for 24 imports from January 1, 2021: FSSAI


The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recognizes 24 crops imported in India to imperatively declare ‘GM (Genetically Modified) Free/Non-GM’ certificate


FSSAI receives letter to withdraw the dairy analog draft notification: FIAPO


FIAPO, India’s apex animal rights body, writes to the CEO of FSSAI demanding the obliteration of Regulation number 2 (ii) (ea) of the Dairy Analogue Draft Notification number C


Standards for processed meat, meat products compliance by July 1, 2021: FSSAI


The FSSAI, apex food regulator of the country, releases standards for processed meat and meat products. It is called Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food 


Voluntary recall of Barbecue Flavored Potato Chips: Frito-Lay


Frito-Lay issues a voluntary recall of select bags of Lay's Barbecue Flavored Potato Chips because they may contain undeclared milk ingredients.

These recalled bags may


Testing labs to inspect food from other states: Kerala Onam Squads


The Commissionerate of Food Safety Kerala announced to set up checkposts called ‘Onam Squads’ across all entry points in the bordering districts of other states. They wil


The term ‘milk’ restricted only to dairy products , claims FSSAI


FSSAI confines the term ‘milk’ only to dairy products and proposed that all the imitation products consumed as alternatives to milk shouldn’t be using the term if d


Amendment norms notification for wheat bran and soybean including tofu: FSSAI


The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has notified the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Second Amendment Regulations, 2020, f


Coronavirus not transmitted by food : US government & global health agencies


According to the US Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), there is no evidence to support Covid-19 transm


Ganeshotsav paves the way for Immunity-boosting, kadha flavor and mulethi modaks


This year's Ganeshotsav may remain famous for the wide variety of flavors of modak and their popularity. A range of immunity-boosting modaks has been pulling huge crowds th


States to ensure labelling compliance under FSS nutra norms: FSSAI


The FSSAI has issued an order directing state food safety departments to ensure that FBOs dealing in the trade of products governed under the FSS (Food or Health Supplements, Nutrace


Restaurants pondering on reshaping their operations to alleviate the impact of


The COVID-19 has left a significant adverse effect on the entire restaurant industry. The restaurants are compelled to rethink their operations, both delivery and dine-out. Even thou


Quality control lab sets up in Porbandar for safe seafood: MPEDA


Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) inaugurated a Quality Control Laboratory in Porbandar for seafood processors and exporters. The lab will confirm product&nbs


GuiLin SanYang Dietary Ecological Industry Co.Ltd. Received warning letter


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) performed an inspection of their low-acid canned food and acidified food facility situated at No.13 Xicheng Boulevard Lingui Dis


Apollo Future Technology Inc. d/b/a Apollo E Cigs


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products currently reviewed the website of Apollo Future Technology Inc and decided that the ele


Kakushime Matsuda Susan received warning letter


The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) performed an evaluation of their seafood processing facility, Kakushime Matsuda Suisan, Hakodate, situated at 247 Furuk


FSSAI furnishes Clarification on the Circulation of Fake Order in its Name


Social media conducts a useful purpose but it can also have cons as can be seen from this incident. It has been highlighted to the FSSAI that a Fake/ Forged Order is being distribute


For Surplus Food Recovery, FSSAI Initiates Indian Food Sharing Alliance


The Indian Food Sharing Alliance (IFSA) is an FSSAI initiative that has been developed to solve food waste and hunger crisis of India by working with Food Recovery Agencies and NGO&r


Directions of FSSAI linked to SOP and Checklist for Issuance of RUCO Sticker to FBOs


On letter dated 25 February 2020, the FSSAI has furnished directions and offered the SOP and Checklist for issuance of Repurpose Used Cooking Oil (RUCO) stickers to Food Bu


FSSAI to set up 10 New Offices for presence of Pan India


FSSAI will establish 6 new branch offices, 4 new import offices and 2 new food laboratories throughout the country. With this, FSSAI will have 4 regional offices in Mumbai, New Delhi


Union Ayush Ministry combines with FSSAI for new food regulation based on Ayurveda


The Union Ayush Ministry has joined hands with Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) to bring in new food regulation which is based on Ayurveda. This will be


FSSAI commences “Diet4Life” to aid People to Understand Metabolic Disorders


FSSAI has commenced “Diet4Life” to assist people in understanding metabolic disorders. The FSSAI initiative will render a comprehensive platform for parents, he


FSSAI Operationalizes Regulations on Limitations of Naturally Occurring Formaldehyde in Fish


The FSSAI has furnished a notification dated 10 Feb 2020 regarding instant operationalization of Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) A


FSSAI furnishes orders on Packaging of Drinking Water and Migration Limits of Antimony and DEHP


FSSAI has furnished directions dated 07 February 2020 related to the immediate operationalization of Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Amendment Regulations, 2020 regar


Impact on Yewale Tea due to utilization of unsafe food colour tartarazine: FDA


The renowned Yewale Tea has come under the scanner of FDA, Maharashtra due to the adulterated synthetic food colour tartrazine, an unsafe substance.

FDA inspection was conduc


Ammonium sulphate is removed from milk adulterants: FSSAI


Ammonium sulphate has been removed from the adulterants list by the FSSAI, where dairy plants had to conduct Testing and inspection. FSSAI has issued a new list which should be follo


FSSAI advertises Amended Scheme for Testing and Inspection to be followed by Dairy Processing Plants


Through a notification issued on October 2013, the FSSAI had furnished guidelines on Scheme of Testing and Inspection which was to be accepted by dairy processing plants for the


Directions on Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) issued by FSSAI


The FSS Act, 2006 allows the utilization of vitamins or minerals or amino acids in functional foods, foods for special dietary uses, nutraceuticals and health supplements given that


Draco obtains Safe Quality Food Certification of Manufacturing Facilities


To assure continued excellence, currently Draco successfully completed the Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification of its manufacturing facilities, through SGS Systems in Australia div


FSSAI to update food vending carts as part of street food makeover


FSSAI has determined to do a complete makeover of street food culture of India, and after successfully executing the Clean Street Food Hub projects across many places; the apex


Food textures impact healthiness perceptions


Study demonstrate how altering appearance could communicate healthier message New research has showed how food producers could alter the surface texture of products to chan


FSSAI prolongs implementation of labelling provisions for frozen desserts


FSSAI has prolonged the implementation of the labelling provisions for the products blanketed under the frozen dessert or confection category. The decision was made by the apex food


FSSAI: Alexa, tell the kids to eat right


In a 1st, the national food regulator has linked up with e-commerce giant virtual assistant Alexa of Amazon and is setting up ‘eat right’ labs in schools, looking to


FSSAI gives green signal to 30 rapid food testing kits across 6 categories


FSSAI has declared the introduction of novel rapid food testing devices/kits for quantitation of food-borne pathogens and toxins. It has granted 30 rapid food testing kits/devices ac


Managing bile acids and ceramide in bile helps in reduction norovirus infection


Human noroviruses are the major viral cause of food borne illness and acute diarrhoea around the world.
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have observed that bile acids a


FSSAI developed advanced technologies for testing of food


In an act of strengthening the system of food testing, the apex food regulator of country, Food Safety and Standards Authority India (FSSAI) has initiated to utilize advanced technol


Issuance of guidance by FDA on dual column labeling


The Food and Drug Administration has furnished additional information about needs for dual column labeling and serving sizes on the Nutrition Facts Label. The data is being rendered


Consulting paper issued by FSSAI for reviewing method of applying for licences


Consulting paper has been issued by FSSAI to review the existing methodology for applying of licences under the Food Safety and Standards Act. Under the intended method, FBOs (food b


FSSAI to settle in 2 months regulations to ban sale, advertisement of junk foods in schools, within 50m of campus


CEO of FSSAI, Pawan Kumar Agarwal stated that food regulator is likely to conclude within the next 2 months its intended regulations to ban sale as well as advertisements of jun


Delinking front-of-pack labelling regulations from general ones: FSSAI


The apex food regulatory of country, FSSAI, has determined to delink the front-of-pack labelling regulations from the general labelling needs. As stated by chief executive offic


Usage of soy leghemoglobin as a color additive is now effective after FDA approval


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is offering notice that the stay of the effective date for the final rule amending the color additive regulations to permit for the s


FSSAI requests industry to lower level of unsafe food to less than 1% over next 4 years


Stating that the public notion about food overall in the country is very low, Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) Chairman Pawan Kumar Aggarwal requested the industry to brin


Recalling of Frozen Sandwiches by White Castle Due to Listeria Outbreak


Regional hamburger chain of America, White Castle has declared a voluntary call back for its frozen food line due to possible traces of Listeria monocytogenes. The products impa


Action against presence of animal ingredients products having green dot sought by FSSAI


An action against food products including nutraceuticals and health supplements has been sought by FSSAI, which in spite of containing gelatin shells or ingredients from animal origi


FSSAI Launch ‘Trans Fat Free’ logo for Food safety agency


Launch of the “Trans Fat Free” logo was launched by FSSAI during the 8th International Chefs Conference in the national Capital.

However, the usage of the logo by


FSSAI directs mandatory audits of high-risk food businesses


The food regulator of apex has directed mandatory auditing for high-risk category food businesses by December 31, 2019.

The first question was regarding the initiation of pro


Bacteria 'Salmonella' detected In MDH Sambhar Masala by US Food Regulator; several Lots withdrawn

Salmonellosis is caused due to consumption of contaminated food with Salmonella, which is one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses.

A distributor of MDH Masala in United States


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 nutrients into milk. As per the Amul officials, t


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 food safety recovery regulation ensures the de


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 food safety recovery regulation ensures the de


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 contamination chances and ingestion risk by kids.



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 their outlets and on food products if they ad


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 expert. This updated version w