Through a notification dated 20 February 2017, the FSSAI has drafted amendment regulations for revision of standards related to Cane Jaggery or Cane Gur, Sodium Saccharin (food grade) and Calcium Saccharin (food grade). The amendment regulations will be known as the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2017 when they come into force on the date of their final notification in the Official Gazette.
These amendments have been made in regulations relating to ‘Sweetening agents including Honey’ (2.8). The words “pressed out of sugarcane or” will be omitted from the definition for GUR or JAGGERY. The definition for Gur or Jaggery will now be as follows “obtained by boiling or processing juice extracted from palmyra palm, date palm or coconut palm.”
CANE JAGGERY OR CANE GUR is a different product from the above and it will be obtained by boiling or processing juice pressed out of sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum).
About palm jaggery and cane jaggery
Difference between Gur or Jaggery and Cane Jaggery or Cane Gur is that the former is made from date palm or coconut palm while cane jaggery is made only from sugarcane juice. Both these types of jaggery or gur are two distinct varieties that also have different nutritional values.
The definition for Sodium Saccharin (Food Grade) that was given previously in the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, has been amended. This food additive has new standards according to Indian Standard IS 5345.
About Sodium Saccharin
Sodium Saccharin (food grade) is used as a non-nutritive sweetener and stabilizer in various food and drinks. Baked goods like bread, cookies, and muffins are sweetened with sodium saccharin. Diet drinks and sodas are also sweetened with it as sodium saccharin dissolves readily in water. Other products that contain sodium saccharin include marzipan, sweetened and fruit-flavored yogurt, jams, jellies and ice cream.
New standards have also been added in the amendment regulation for Calcium Saccharin (Food Grade) Calcium Saccharin is a powder of white crystals or white crystalline and shall be odorless or with a faint odor and an intensely sweet taste even in dilute solutions. One gram of it is soluble in 1.5 ml of water. The standards for calcium saccharin will be according to Indian Standards IS 5345.
Calcium saccharin, food grade is an exceptionally sweet artificial sweetener that has been permitted for use in select food items by the Food Authority. It is often used in beverages and foods for diabetics as it helps to reduce the consumption of sugar is very sweet.