FSSAI Mandates Use of Approved Test Methods For Testing Fortificants In Fortified Rice Products

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a new directive regarding testing of fortified rice products. This order was dated June 11, 2024.

The Authority has urged all FSSAI-approved food testing laboratories to use specific FSSAI-approved methods when testing iron, vitamin B9 (Folic Acid), and vitamin B12 in fortified rice (FR), fortified rice kernels (FRK), and vitamin-mineral premix for FRK.

These methods were published in FSSAI orders dated September 8, 2022, November 7, 2023, and November 9, 2023.

A table summarizing the methods for each product is provided below:

ProductIronVitamin B9Vitamin B12
Fortified RiceFSSAI.FR.16.001.2022FSSAI.FR.16.002.2022FSSAI.FR.16.003.2022
Fortified Rice KernelFSSAI.FRK.16.004.2023 or FSSAI.FRK.16.007.2023FSSAI.FRK.16.005.2023FSSAI.FRK.16.006.2023
Vitamin-Mineral Premix for FRKFSSAI.VMPFRK.16.008.2023FSSAI.VMPFRK.16.009.2023FSSAI.VMPFRK.16.010.2023
FSSAI-Approved Test Methods

Laboratories with existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) based on FSSAI methods have four months, ie.. till October 11, 2024, to officially include these FSSAI methods in their accredited scope.

Effect of Non-Compliance

Non-compliance with this directive will result in delisting from the list of approved laboratories for testing these fortified rice products.

This move aims to ensure consistency and accuracy in testing of fortified rice products across India. Standardized testing methods will strengthen quality control and consumer protection.