Food regulator FSSAI today issued a draft regulation for non-specified food and food ingredients and proposed prior approval for manufacturing, sale and import of such products if they are not covered under any other rules under the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006.
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has sought comments from stakeholders within a period of 60 days on the draft Food Safety and Standards (Approval for Non-Specified Food and Food Ingredients) Regulations, 2016.
“Only such article of food or food ingredients which have not been permitted to be manufactured, stored, sold, distributed or imported under any other regulation under the Act (FSS) shall require prior approval for being manufactured, stored, sold, distributed or imported under the Food Safety and Standards (Approval for Non-Specified Food and Food Ingredients) Regulations, 2016,” the draft said.
Such articles of foods and food ingredients shall include novel foods or foods containing novel ingredients not having a history of human consumption in India; food ingredients with a history of human consumption but not specified in any other regulation under the Act; new additives and processing aids; foods manufactured or processed using novel technology.
The manufacturer or importer are required to submit an application along with requisite documents and fee to the FSSAI for approval.
“Based on the safety assessment of the food product, the Chief Executive Officer of the FSSAI, or an Officer authorized by him, may either grant approval or reject the application.
“Where approval is granted, the FBO shall submit certificate of analysis of the product on parameters relating to chemical, nutritional, microbiological, heavy metals, pesticide residues and naturally occurring toxicants to FSSAI,” the draft said.