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FSSAI reviews packaging and labelling regulations for blended veg oil

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FSSAI has reviewed the packaging and labelling regulations for blended vegetable oil. The country’s apex food regulator has decided to further elaborate the condition with which the labelling is to be done by the FBOs (food business operators) for blended vegetable oil, wherein FSSAI has decided to trifurcate the packaging requirements and the font size.
According to the new notification, for pack sizes less than one litre, the font size of the label declaration blended edible vegetable oil, shall not be less than 3mm with the length of declaration statement as 35mm minimum and for label declaration Name and Nature of edible vegetable oil…..% by weight, the font size shall not be less than 2mm. 
For pack size one litre to below five litre, the font size of the label declaration blended edible vegetable oil shall not be less than 4mm with the length of declaration statement as 45mm minimum and for label declaration Name and Nature of edible vegetable oil…..% by weight, the font size shall not be less than 2.5mm.
And for pack size five litre and above, the font size of the label declaration blended edible vegetable oil shall not be less than 10 mm and for label declaration Name and Nature of edible vegetable oil…..% by weight, the font size shall not be less than 3mm.
FBOs were also asked to write a declaration in bold capital letters along with the name of the product on front of pack, stating NOT TO BE SOLD LOOSE.
Earlier, the requirement was that the FBOs to include name and nature of edible vegetable oil along with % by weight of all the oils used in blend with a universal font size of not less than 5mm.
The notice stated that it was done after stakeholders requested FSSAI and described the difficulties in adhering with the provisions of the previous notification. The new notification, meanwhile, has been made operational immediately.
However, the enforcement with respect to the new notification shall commence six months after it is published in the final notification in the Gazette of India.

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Allegations about health benefits of Tata Salt misleading, says Tata official

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The recent allegations made against the purity and health benefits of Tata Salt are totally false and misleading and being made by vested interests. This was stated by a Tata Salt official. India is one among many countries, including the United States of America, the European Union (EU), Australia and New Zealand, that have allowed the use of PFC (potassium ferrocyanide) in salt.
The level allowed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), an independent statutory authority, under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, is the lowest among these jurisdictions (10mg per kg).
Codex Alimentarius, the most authoritative guidelines on food safety has declared PFC safe for consumption at levels of 14mg per kg. The use of PFC is allowed in salt and is safe and harmless to the human body when consumed as per approved levels. This is clearly declared in the list of Tata Salt ingredients in a manner prescribed by the regulations.
Iodine is another essential micronutrient that is required in a small quantity by the body, every single day.
As a part of the Government of India’s efforts to address the issue of micronutrient deficiency in the country and tackle iodine deficiency disorder (IDD), Tata Salt has partnered with the government in this initiative from the year 1983, and played a pivotal role in the battle against iodine deficiency. According to FSSAI, adequate salt iodisation in India has saved four billion IQ points in the last 25 years.
As one of India’s most trusted brands, Tata Salt prides itself on being a reputed and responsible brand and follows rigorous quality control processes to ensure that a safe, healthy and high-quality product is delivered to consumers. This not only includes quality control at the manufacturing location, but also strict quality control in distribution and product quality.

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Artificial veg colouring detected during govts’ enforcement activities

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FSSAI has stated that instances of the sale or supply of sub-standard and adulterated food items, the use of excess chemicals, the artificial colouring of vegetables, the presence of pesticides or insecticides residues in fruits and vegetables beyond prescribed MRLs (maximum residue levels), etc., were detected during the enforcement activities undertaken by the State/UT (Union Territory) governments . Such instances were reported to FSSAI through various other channels.
To check adulteration in vegetable items and in other food products, the governments of state and UTs regularly conduct surveillance and enforcement drives and conduct regular surveillance, monitoring, inspection and random sampling of food products to check that they comply with the standards laid down under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, and the rules and regulations made thereunder. In cases where the food samples are found to be non-conforming, recourse is taken to penal provisions under Chapter IX of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
Further, the consumer is being educated about detection of adulteration and steps to be taken for reducing the harmful effects of chemicals, etc. To combat adulteration in commonly adulterated food items, such as milk, spices and condiments, honey, water, oils and fats, FSSAI has released a Detect Adulteration with Rapid Test (DART) which is a compilation of common quick tests for detection of food adulterants at the household level by the citizens themselves, so as to create awareness among the consumers about food safety.
Consumers are also being educated about importance of washing fruits and vegetables before consumption to avoid the harmful effects of pesticides/insecticides residue in fruits and vegetables. FSSAI has also asked the state and UT food safety commissioners to undertake awareness campaigns on pesticides/insecticides residues in fruits and vegetables.
Guidance notes for guidance of consumers have also been issued on various topics such as artificial ripening of fruits, stickers on fruits and vegetables, pulses and beans and many other topics. These are available on the FSSAI website.
This information was given in a written reply by Ram Vilas Paswan, minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, in Lok Sabha today.

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Guidance note on Gluten Free Foods

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FSSAI ORDER ON FROEN DESSERT OR CONFECTION

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FSSAI ORDER ON LABELLING REQUIREMENTS FOR BLENDED EDIBLE VEGETABLE OILS

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FSSAI ORDER ON VANASPATHI

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FSSAI ORDER ON USE OF STAPLE PLUS ON FOOD PACKETS

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