FSSAI has brought in a recent amendment to the FSS (Food Products and Food Additives) Regulations that would classify sweeteners as caloric and non-caloric.
FSSAI had recently notified the amendments that would read Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Third Amendment Regulations, 2021.
As per the amendments that have been notified, sweeteners (as food additives) would be classified as caloric sweeteners and non–caloric sweeteners.
The amendment reads, “Caloric sweeteners are substances having greater than 2 per cent of the caloric value of sucrose per equivalent unit of sweetening capacity. These include Sorbitol, Sorbitol syrup, Mannitol, Isomalt, Polyglycitol syrup, Maltitol, Maltitol syrup, Lactitol and Xylitol.”
Further, it adds, “Non-caloric sweeteners are substances having less than 2 per cent of the caloric value of sucrose per equivalent unit of sweetening capacity. These include Erythritol, Steviol glycoside, Thaumatin, Aspartame, Sucralose, Alitame, Neotame, Acesulfame potassium, Aspartame-Acesulfame potassium salt and Saccharins.”
As per the Industry Insiders, this amendment was related to the labelling norms that FSSAI had prescribed recently to keep it more specific for the general consumers about the sweeteners content in the food product.
D V Malhan, President of Bakers’ Society of India had mentioned that this was a welcome move by the FSSAI. Additionally, he suggested that the FSSAI should take these sweets categories to the Codex, so that the Indian sweet manufacturers would be able to obtain benefit across the globe.
Further, he stated – “If there will be a category in the Codex, this would help Indian sweets manufacturers in world trade. The FSSAI should make efforts to include these categories to Codex. There are immense possibilities of Indian sweets and snacks in the world market.”