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A gazette notification was issued by FSSAI regarding the amendments made to the tolerance limit of formulated supplements for children, including prescribing standards for oat products.

This notification that is being called Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Fourth Amendment Regulations, 2021 states that ‘a variation of minus 10.0 percent from the declared value of the nutrients or nutritional ingredients on the label shall be allowed and the nutrient levels shall not exceed maximum limits as specified in the composition tables.’

This was connected to the method of sampling and analysis for tolerance limit of formulated supplements for children.

Earlier, the tolerance limit for variation in formulated supplements for children at the time of analyzing samples of finished products had been fixed at ‘not be more than ±10.0 percent from the declared value of the nutrients or nutritional ingredients on the label.’

Regarding the oat products, the notification also lays that it means the product containing oats as the major ingredient, including oat bran, oat flour, oatmeal, oat-trim, kilned de-hulled oats, steel-cut oats, oat flakes (various thickness, which may make them instant, quick-cooking or whole oats) etc. These may be made by using different processes that include kilning, drying, rolling, slitting, cutting, steel cutting, gritting, de-hulling, flaking, grinding and so on.

On parameters, the notification mentions that moisture must shall not be higher than 12% by mass for both rolled/flaked oats and products containing oats. For rolled oats, the protein content should not be less than 10% and not more than 2.0% crude fiber on a dry mass basis.

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