Through a notification dated 15 May 2018 the FSSAI has invited suggestions, views, comments etc. from stakeholders on the draft notification related to an amendment in existing standards of Ice/ice Lollies in the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011. Objections or suggestions may be received from any person with respect to the said draft regulations before the expiry of period 21 June 2018. These amendments will be called the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2018. They shall come into force on the date of their final publication in the official Gazette.
The amendment had been proposed in the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 under regulation SWEETS & CONFECTIONERY (2.7) in the category ICE LOLLIES OR EDIBLE ICES (2.7.5) and the amendments are that in the following two paragraph the words “spices and condiments” have been inserted
- ICE LOLLIES OR EDIBLE ICES means the frozen ice produce which may contain sugar, syrup, fruit, fruit juices, cocoa, spices and condiments with citric acid, permitted flavors and colors. It may also contain permitted stabilizers and/or emulsifiers not exceeding 0.5 percent by weight. It shall not contain any artificial sweetener.
- Ice Candy means the product obtained by freezing a pasteurized mix prepared from a mixture of water, nutritive sweeteners e.g. sugar, dextrose, liquid glucose, dried liquid glucose, honey, fruits and fruit products, coffee, cocoa, ginger, nuts, salt and spices and condiments
This means that Ice lollies and Edible ices can contain spices and condiments as ingredients besides those already mentioned before these amendments
About Ice Lollies
Ice Lollies or Edible Ices are defined as a confection in the form of a piece of flavored ice or ice cream on a stick. All ice products must comply with the regulations applicable to foodstuffs like hygiene, labeling, approved food additives, and flavors. Since ice lollies and edible ices are weather and temperature sensitive they need to be stored at -18°C so that they do not get contaminated with harmful pathogens, as they have added ingredients which can degrade if the storage temperature is inadequate.