FoodSafetyHelpline replied to the following Top Questions:
Question: I want to understand that whether it is necessary for Duty-Free Shop import to get the FSSAI clearance. Sale done at Duty-Free Shop is categorized as deemed export and FSSAI regulation is based on domestic consumption. If any notification is issued by FSSAI in respect to Duty-Free Shop import please do share.
Answer: Any food item imported for sale in India should come through the food import clearance system and the importer will take the Central License from FSSAI and would also go for the Product Approval if required. If you are selling the food product imported by someone else even then you need to take the license from the concerned authority. FSSAI has recently added “Exporting FBOs” category of the food business while applying for the license; you can read more on this: FSSAI Added A New Category “Exporting FBOs” For Food Exports
Question: What are the TESTING PARAMETERS & SPECIFICATIONS TO BE PRINTED ON THE LABEL OF ROASTED COCONUT OIL & VIRGIN COCONUT OIL PACKS?
Answer: The FSSR only recognize the Coconut Oil (nariyal ka tel) and its standards are prescribed under the regulation 126.96.36.199 under FSS (Food Products Standards And Food Additives) Regulations, 2011. Additionally, the packaging of Coconut Oil should also comply with packaging & labeling requirements as per the FSS (Packaging & Labelling) Regulations, 2011.
Question: 2.10.6 of the FSSRs —defines carbonated water as —water conforming to the standards prescribed for packaged drinking water impregnated with carbon dioxide. The prescribed limits for pH in Packaged Drinking Water is 6.5. to 8.5. Carbonating this water pushes the pH down to around 4.1, for some popular brands of Carbonated water that carry the FSSAI mark but not the BIS mark. Why is the low pH acceptable in carbonated water but not in packaged drinking water? Are there any limits set for carbon dioxide in water and is it quantified?
Answer: The Packaged drinking water and the carbonated water are two different products and they have their own separate standards under FSSR. No doubt, water is used for the manufacture of the carbonated water and the water used should comply with the standards of water and the final product which is a carbonated water has to comply with the standards of carbonated water. BISmark is only required for the packaged drinking water, not for the carbonated water.
Question: I planned to prepare home based cereal food for babies. What all tests required to be done before marketing or approval in an FSSAI approved lab.
Answer: First of all you have to check whether your product is a standardized or non-standardized product. If the standards are available under FSSR then you have to meet the requirements as per FSSAI guidelines and if your food product is a non-standardized product then you have to apply for the product approval system. Read More for the information on Standardized & Non-Standardized Food Products.
Question: I am currently working on a project which aims at marketing food products (jams, herbal tea, pickles, pepper, herb powder) and I have several questions concerning the labeling and the product approval. My question on the labeling is in which case do we have to mention the percentage in the ingredients section? Most of the products I have seen on the shelf do not mention those percentages.
My second question concerns proprietary products and product approval by FSSAI. While reading the food safety and standards, I’ve seen no mention of herbal powder such as wheat grass or dietary. Do such products have to be approved by FSSAI?
Answer: As per the Food Safety & Standards (Packaging & Labelling) Regulations, 2011, the percentage of ingredients need to be given for the following:
If the ingredient of the food product itself is the product ingredient of one or more ingredients then such composite ingredient will individually be declared in the descending order in the list of ingredients. In some cases, the percentage of the ingredient which is added, has to be mentioned; where a food product is a mixture of two food products or if the ingredient of the food product is being highlighted and which is to be presented on the label through words or pictures then the percentage of such ingredients shown in the picture has to be mentioned.
Food Products like Herbal Powder & Dietary Supplements have to be approved by FSSAI through Food Product Approval System.
Question: What is the criterion for issuance of NOC instead of PA? Is there a remedy available with FBOs if their product is rejected?
Answer: Currently, NOCs are not being issued and only Product Approvals are being given. FBOs can reapply with a fresh application for food product approval after rectifying the cause of the rejection.
Question: We are a company under section 25. We are interested in manufacturing milk adulteration detection strips. is it Possible? How to go ahead?
Answer: Strips can be used for the detection of only one type of adulterant qualitatively and not quantitatively. But there are many possible adulterants in milk which need to be detected through analytical methods. We at FoodSafetyHelpline can better assist you in resolving the queries regarding food safety requirements like; licensing/registration, Product Approval, Food Products Standards, Testing & Analysis of Food Products and all other regulatory requirements under the Indian Food Act (FSS Act, 2006).
Question: We are starting a new packaged drinking water plant. Was it compulsory to go for ISI license or can I go for ISO with FSSAI license or for herbal? Which one I have to choose. Kindly give me reply. Waiting for your reply.
Answer: As per Food Safety Regulations, BIS certification & FSSAI License apart from other mandatory requirements for operating a food business. Click here to read more about the requirements for Packaged Drinking Water.
Question: I opened d packet of Tata salt last week and noticed today that it has started turning light blue. Please advise how to go forward with it.
Answer: You may get it tested from a NABL accredited food testing lab to know what is wrong with it. Iodised salt contains Iodine and Iodine also gives blue color with starch under favorable conditions. So before concluding anything, you need to get it tested.