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FSSAI sets up panel to finalise laws on food fortification

FSSAI has also revealed a Logo for fortified foods which might be used by food businesses.

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New Delhi: Food manager FSSAI has set up a technical panel to frame ending regulations on fortification of foods and make plans to address malnutrition dispute. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has previously given out the draft rules on fortification for 5 food items — milk, salt, wheat flour, rice and edible oil — to lift production and intake of fortified foods.

The draft guidelines were operationalized in the month of October even as FSSAI required comments from shareholders before finalizing the final guidelines. Fortification means intentionally adding or increasing the content of vital micro nutrients in food products to progress quality.

Principles have been made for the fortification of salt with iron and iodine. Vegetable oil and milk with vitamin A and D. Wheat flour and rice with folic acid, iron,  zinc, vitamin A, vitamin B12,  and few other micro nutrients “FSSAI has fixed up a new Scientific Board on ‘Food Fortification and Nutrition’ to talk on issues associated to fortification of food,” the manager said in a declaration.

The board has about 11 experts and scientists — CS Pandav, Ambrish Mithal from Medanta; and Anura Kurpad from St John’s Medical College; R K Marwaha (Retd) from AIIMS; Yogeshwar Shukla from CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, HPS Sachdev from Sita Ram Bharatia Institute of Science and Research; P Ramachandran from Nutrition Foundation of India; KM Nair from NIN; Sumit Arora from NDRI; Harsulkar from Bharati Vidyapeeth and Sirimavo Nair from the MS University, Baroda.

Associates from Scientific Panels majorly dealing with food fortifying trucks such as refined flour, wheat flour, rice, edible oil, milk, and salt will also be a share of this group.

The Board will classify critical nutritional breaks in the Indian food in general as well as in precise target groups grounded on diet studies and reliable scientific evidence. It will outline strategies to talk about nutritional needs of the common population and susceptible groups, besides studying the standards for all appropriate food fortifying vehicles.

The board will also talk about regulatory and associated technological issues, review suggestions from industry using contemporary risk valuation methods, and recommend standard sampling and test approaches for effective monitoring, investigation, and implementation of the related regulations.

FSSAI had formerly brought out Draft Regulations for fortified food — Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Food) Rules, 2016 which were operationalized in the month of October 2016. “Grounded on the comments expected on the draft Regulations, the Board will finalize the Regulations,” FSSAI declared.

Separately from framing values, FSSAI has hurled the Food Fortification Resource Centre (FFRC) to endorse large-scale fortification of food through India. An online portal of FFRC to enable food productions and bring fortified foods into government programs was launched in the month of November.

With an operative regulatory appliance along with the incessant support of all the stakeholders, FSSAI guesses that the problem of undernourishment in general and micronutrient malnutrition in specific would be overwhelmed soon. FSSAI has also revealed a Logo for fortified foods which might be used by food corporations.

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