FSSAI has proposed revisions related to Restriction on sale of common salt and has drafted the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Amendment Regulations, 2018. The FSSAI has also invited objections, comments, and suggestions from people, which are to reach the FSSAI office by 19 May 2018. FSSAI will take into consideration the suggestions offered before finalizing the amendment. These amendments shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
In the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on sales) Regulations, 2011, in regulation ‘Prohibition and Restriction on sale of certain products’ (2.3) in the category “Restriction on sale of common salt” (2.3.12) the definition will now read as follows
- No person shall sell or offer or expose for sale or have in his premises for the purpose of sale, common salt, for direct human consumption or for use as an ingredient in a food product unless the same is iodized:
- Provided that common salt may be sold or exposed for sale or stored for sale for iodization, iron fortification, animal use, manufacturing medicines and industrial use, under proper label declarations, as specified in the Regulation 2.4.4 (21 & 42) of Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) regulations, 2011
The labeling requirements mentioned above, are in sub-regulation ‘Specific Labelling Requirements of other Products (2.4.4)’ and are as follows.
- Every container or package of iron-fortified common salt shall bear the following label, namely
IRON FORTIFIED COMMON SALT
- Every container or package of common salt shall bear the following label, namely
|COMMON SALT FOR IODISATION* / IRON FORTIFICATION* /ANIMAL USE* /PRESERVATION / MEDICINE*/ INDUSTRIAL USE*|
*strike out whichever is not applicable.
About Iodisation of salt
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most people need an additional source of iodine because iodine is present in very small amounts in the diet. Iodine is essential for healthy brain development in the fetus and in young children. Iodine deficiency also has a negative impact on the health of women.
Therefore, the process of fortifying salt with iodine for human consumption is an effective strategy to increase iodine intake. Salt iodization is compatible with the concentration of iodine in salt can be adjusted as needed.
All food-grade salt, used in household and food processing should be fortified with iodine as a safe and effective strategy for the prevention and control of iodine deficiency disorders in populations.