FSSAI Seeks To Increase Maximum Content Of Esters In Fruit Wines

The present draft amendment specifically seeks to enhance the maximum content of esters expressed as ethyl acetate (g/l of absolute alcohol). However, this enhancement is restricted to fruit wine other than grape wine. The level has been increased from 2.0 g/l of absolute alcohol to 3.0 g/l of absolute alcohol. The level of esters expressed as ethyl acetate for all other wines remains unchanged.

FSSAI Strengthens Measures to Remove Unsafe Food from Market

If a primary lab report finds a sample unsafe, the FSSAI directs Designated Officers (DOs) or Central Licensing Authorities (CLAs) must prohibit the Food Business Operator (FBO) from selling the unsafe food product, and must initiate food recall in specified cases. Such timely removal of unsafe food products is vital for safeguarding public health.

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

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. 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.

FSSAI Notifies NABL Accredited Laboratories for Western and Southern Region

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has modified its list of laboratories accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). These laboratories are notified for the purposes of carrying out analysis of food samples taken in accordance with the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

Draft Food Products Standards and Food Additives Amendment Regulations, 2024

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed amendments to the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011. It has issued two draft notifications published on June 6, 2024. The draft amendments introduces changes in several the existing regulations.

FSSAI Issues Updated List of Recognized Laboratories for Food Analysis

The list specifies a total of 206 FSSAI Notified NABL Accredited Food Testing Laboratories with valid accreditation. Additionally the list also specifies, 33 FSSAI notified laboratories whose NABL accreditation validity has expired or are under suspension or under process of denotification or have shifted premise without Integrated assessment. The continual validity of these laboratories is also dependent on compliance with FSSAI’s guidelines and directives.

FSSAI Re-operationalizes Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Amendment Regulations, 2021

FSSAI hasissued a direction on re operationalising draft amendments to the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Regulations 2021 from November 11, 2023. These amendment regulations cover licensing procedures for e- commerce food businesses, documentation requirements for new restaurant licenses, and hygiene standards for all food operators. Food Business Operators have to follow these regulations and Improvement notice may be issued to them for compliance with schedule 4.

FSSAI Issues Advisory On Unauthorized Use Of Liquid Nitrogen In Food Serving Establishments

FSSAI has noticed unauthorized use of liquid nitrogen in food establishments, which is not permitted under current regulations. Although nitrogen is allowed in specific food categories, using liquid nitrogen directly at the point of serving is against regulations and considered as non-compliance. Any violations will lead to statutory action under the FSS (Food Safety and Standards) Act, 2006.