Effective January 1, 2018, food business operators are required to have existing and new products comply with all provisions outline in the The Food Safety and Standards (Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Food for Special Dietary Uses, Food for Special Medical Purposes, Functional Foods and Novel Food) Regulations, 2016 produced by the Food Safety and Standard Authority Of India (FSSAI) on December 23, 2016.
FSSAI has laid down the following timelines with respect to compliance of these regulations to ensure a smoother transition for food businesses include:
- Ingredients not approved by Scientific Panel because of inadequate data, safety concerns, or because they exhibit properties of a drug
- Restrictions on mere combination of vitamins and minerals
As per Schedule III with respect to food for special dietary use category FBOs are permitted to continue their existing formulations containing vitamins and minerals in foods for special dietary uses without referring to the energy value (Kcal/KJ) as specified under Schedule III for a period of six months or till further orders, whichever is earlier.
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