FSSAI fixes the ad-hoc limit of formaldehyde in and fisheries product

Jun 11, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on June 10, 2019, has decided to fix the ad-hoc limit of naturally occurring formaldehyde.

However, instances of adulteration of fish by using formalin (Formaldehyde in water) have been reported in past, which was examined by the concerned Scientific Panel of FSSAI. The Scientific Panel has recommended a detailed assessment.

Therefore, FSSAI has decided to set the following as an ad hoc limit of naturally occurring formaldehyde till a final assessment is done:

Food Category Name

Food Category

Ad hoc limit (mg/Kg), max


Fresh Fish including molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms

Freshwater: 4.0

Brackish water/Marine origion: 100.0

The above ad hoc limits shall be applicable until the panel recommends final limit for naturally occurring formaldehyde.

These provisions will come into effect from June 10, 2019.


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