Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on 23 July 2015 proposed draft Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2015. The draft in its ambit seeks to regulate Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Foods for Special Dietary Uses, Foods for Special Medical Purpose, Functional Foods, and Novel Food.
FSSAI may ban the trade of these foods if it is found that the food being placed in the market is nor clearly distinguishable from the foods for normal consumption or are not suitable for their claimed nutritional purpose or may endanger the human health.
Key points in proposed draft
The proposals will be finalised by FSSAI after receiving comments from all stakeholders on the draft note.
Earlier in a paper released on 22 July 2015 by industry body Assocham, it was suggested that FSSAI should come up with safety norms for nutraceuticals and dietary supplements.
As the paper noted, there is need for safety norms as about 60-70 per cent supplements in the nutraceuticals market, which has potential to grow to 12.2 billion US dollars in the next five years, are fake and such unregistered and unapproved products should be recalled.
India accounts for 1.5 per cent of the global nutraceuticals market. Heinz, Kellogg's, Nestle, Hormel, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals are key players in this segment.
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When: 23 July 2015
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