The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has decided to revise the values of manganese, selenium, biotin and iron in various standards for infant nutrition food products.
According to the notice released by FSSAI, the revised limits of nutrients shall be effective from April 1, 2022, but food businesses will be given time until October 1, 2022, for compliance.
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As per the report, it was in receipt of several representations seeking revision in the limits of these nutrients’ values. FSSAI in an order stated, “After due consideration and concurrence of the concerned scientific panel, it has been decided to revise the limits of said nutrients.”
“The Food for Infant Nutrition with revised limits of nutrients shall be effective from April 1, 2022,” the order reads and added that keeping in view of the fact that the products need to be reformulated with the revised limits, the regulations shall be enforced from October 1, 2022.
An official with FSSAI said that industry associations approached the FSSAI regarding difficulty in reformulating and manufacturing infant food products adhering to the levels of manganese, selenium, biotin, and iron as prescribed in various standards for infant nutrition.
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It is pertinent to mention that on June 22, 2021, the implementation of FSS-Food for Infant Nutrition) Regulation 2020 was extended up to March 31, 2022.