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Indian Food Regulator FSSAI has yet again extended the timeline for compliance with the Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) 4th Amendment Regulations of 2019 related to the standards of packaged drinking water (other than mineral water).

The FSSAI has currently decided that the said regulation shall come into force from July 01, 2022.

The limit for Calcium and Magnesium for packaged drinking water has been specified under the regulations and the timeline for compliance with the provision related to the limits of Calcium and Magnesium specified in the standards of Packaged Drinking Water (other than Mineral Water) has been set to be implemented from January 01, 2022.

The regulation prescribes that the Characteristic Permissible Limit for Calcium (as Ca) is set at 20 to 75 mg/l and for Magnesium (as Mg), 10 to 30, mg/l.

According to FSSAI, it was in receipt of representation from the stakeholders asking for further extension of the timeline for compliance with the provisions. Additionally, FSSAI admitted that the matter related to the limit of Calcium and Magnesium was still under consideration of the Scientific Panel on Water and Beverages.

The FSSAI order reads – “After due consideration, it has been decided to further extend the timeline for compliance in respect of the limits of Calcium and Magnesium specified in the standards of Packaged Drinking Water (other than Mineral Water) up to 1st July, 2022.”

Previously, the timeline for compliance of this regulation was July 01, 2020, which has subsequently been extended till Jan 01, 2021.

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