Apex food regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has suggested that the Food Business Operators (FBOs) require making declaration associated with the use of food products fortified with iron keeping in mind the necessities of patients ailing from Thalassemia and sickle cell anemia.
Regarding this matter, the supreme food regulator has released a draft of regulations titled Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) Amendment Regulations, 2020, associated with the benchmarks for fortified food products.
The draft states- “Every iron-fortified food packet shall be holding a statement ‘People with Thalassemia may consume it under medical guidance and persons with sickle cell anemia are suggested not to eat iron fortified food products at all.”
Additionally, on regulations associated with iodine content, the draft advices that the nutrients’ level should be between 15-30 parts per million (on dry weight basis) while ‘potassium iodate’ should be the source of nutrients.
The regulator has welcomed the comments from the stakeholders by the 1st week of Jan., 2021.
Apart from these, the draft also suggested the norms for fortified milk powder.
The draft asserts that milk powder, when fortified, shall be fortified with Vitamin A and D to such a level that the ultimate reconstituted fortified milk shall be in line with the levels of micronutrients mentioned in Clause 3 of Schedule-I regarding the ‘Fortified Milk’, when composed according to the directions specified on the product label.
Also, “It shall only be employed in the Government Funded Programs with an intention of formulating the Reconstituted Fortified Milk, declares the draft.
The draft also reads about labelling norms for fortified milk powder stating that the label of Fortified Milk Powder shall also carry statements encompassing- (a) not suggested for direct consumption; (b) only for use under __ (name of the government-funded programme); (c) to be consumed only after reconstitution of the entire content as per the specifications on the label, and (d) once opened, the pack must be consumed on the same day.