The FSSAI has issued directions dated 22 June 2021 regarding implementation of Food Safety and Standards (Foods for Infant Nutrition) Regulations, 2020.
The FSSAI has drawn reference to the Food Safety and Standards (Foods for Infant Nutrition) Regulations, 2020 dated 4 December 2020 wherein the FSSAI had provided the date of implementation of this new regulation as of 1 July 2021.
The FSSAI has however, received representations from several stakeholders requesting for the extension of the time to comply with the provisions of the new regulations, as the entire portfolio requires reformulation, including stability studies. This is a mammoth and time-consuming activity.
Therefore, after due consideration, the FSSAI has decided to extend the transition period for the Food Safety and Standards (Foods for Infant Nutrition) Regulations, 2020 up to 31 March 2022. Food Business Operators should comply with the provisions of this regulation from 1 April 2022.
About Foods for Infant Nutrition Regulations 2020
Although this Food for Infant Nutrition Regulation existed as part of the Food Safety & Standards (Food Products Standards & Food Additives) Regulations, 2011. However, now the FSSAI has framed a separate regulation which has been implemented. This new regulation is more comprehensive.
These regulations relate to the standards for different categories of infant nutrition foods. The prescribed standards cover requirements specifying the scope, composition, food additives and labelling for each of the following infant food categories.
- Infant formula
- Milk cereal based complementary food
- Processed cereal based complementary food
- Follow-up Formula
- Food for infants based on traditional food ingredients
- Food for special medical purpose intended for infants
- Pre-term infant milk substitute
- Lactose-free infant milk substitute
- Hypoallergic infant milk substitutes
- Foods for Infants with Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM)
The regulation in addition covers the advisory list of mineral salts, vitamin compounds, amino acids and other nutrients which may be used in foods for infant nutrition. In addition the regulations also provide an advisory list of food additives which may be used for special nutrient formulations.
Source : FSSAI