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

14,November, 2020

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a draft of regulations with respect to the standards of raw edible oil, multi-source edible vegetable oil, dehydrated vegetables, protein rich atta, multigrain atta, mixed millet flour, requirements for animal feed, dry sweet basil, hemp seed, use of food additives in iced tea, and microbiological standards for food grain.
The regulation is Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2020, and the stakeholders can comment on it by December last week.
The regulation proposes that the ‘blended vegetable oil be substituted with words ‘multi sourced edible vegetable oil’.
For regulations related to jam fruit jellies and marmalades, a new clause is proposed which says, “The total Soluble Solid content, in the case of jams shall not be less than 65 per cent, by weight and not less than 60 per cent by weight in case of jellies and marmalades. To be called a reduced sugar product, jam, jellies and marmalades must not have TSS more than 45%.”
For dehydrated vegetables the moisture is proposed not to be more than 8 per cent and 5 per cent for powdered vegetables. For protein-rich atta, the regulations say that total protein % by mass on a dry basis is proposed at 15 per cent.
The draft also includes regulations for multigrain atta standards. The multigrain atta should have flour composition obtained from maximum 50% of whole wheat and rest of the flour composition (singly or in composition), says the regulation while other permitted ingredients include processed soybean, cereals, pulses, millets, psyllium husk, gluten, wheat bran and fenugreek seeds.
The regulation prescribes that percentage of wheat flour (atta) in the product shall be declared on the label. The regulations also include standards for mixed millet flour.
Also, the regulations propose that milk and meat producing animals except poultry, pig and fish shall not be fed with feed containing meat or bone meal including internal organs, blood meal and tissues of bovine or porcine origin materials except milk and milk products.
Commercial feeds shall comply with the relevant BIS standards, as may be specified by the Food Authority from time to time, and carry BIS certification mark on the label of the product, reads the draft.

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