Several key food standards come into force on January 01, 2019

Jan 02, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Commercial Compliance

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on December 31, 2018 has issued a Press release regarding Several of the key new food standards come into force from 1st January, 2019.

During the year, FSSAI has accelerated the process of standards setting. As many as 27 new regulations for food standards were notified during the year. Some of the key regulations include the ones on alcoholic beverages, food fortification, advertising and claims, packaging, residues of pesticides, tolerance limits of antibiotics and pharmacologically active substances.

Food businesses are usually provided a period of at least 6-months as transition period before new standards come into force and date of effect of standards is either January 01 or July 01. Several of the key new food standards come into force from January 01, 2019. These are:

1.       Standards for all pulses, whole and decorticated pearl millet grains, de-germedmaize flour and maize grit, couscous, tempe, textured soy protein, sago flour, bee wax and royal jelly.

2.       Microbiological standards for fruits and vegetables and their products.

3.       All provisions of organic food regulations.

4.       Standards for honey,except few parameters where test methods are being validated.

Tolerance limit of antibiotics and pharmacology active substances would come into effect on January 01, 2019. Representations have however been received by FSSAI from various stakeholders highlighting some technical issues, hence the compliance period shall be extended by three months so sort out these issues. Standards for alcoholic beverages will come into force on April 01, 2019 to coincide with financial year requirements excise laws. Food fortification regulations will come into force on July 01, 2019.

New standards for fruits and vegetable including canned tomato, jam, jelly and marmalade that were notified earlier had come into on July 01, 2018. Revised standards for milk and milk products have come into force on July 01, 2018, except the compliance of labeling requirement for frozen dessert which would apply from July 01, 2019 unless reviewed. The regulations on Advertising and Claims, packaging and Labelling requirements of Blended Edible Vegetable Oils will come into force on July 01, 2019.




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