Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has thrown light on its earlier draft of Food Safety and Standards (Ayurveda Aahara) Regulations, 2021. The draft was published as required by section 92 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (34 of 2006), vide notification of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India number F. No. Stds/SP-05/A-1. Y(01) on 30″ June 2021.
The apex body of food safety invited objections and suggestions under the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part III, Section 4 before the expiry of the period of sixty days from the date on which the copies of the Official Gazette containing the said notification were made available to the public. Notably, the copies of the said Gazette were made available to the public on the 5″ July, 2021. FSSAI has considered the objections and suggestions received from the public.
Significantly, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (v) of sub- section (2) of section 92 of the said Act, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India with the previous approval of Central Government formulated the following regulations;
- (1) These regulations may be called the Food Safety and Standards (Ayurveda Aahara) Regulations, 2022.
(1)They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
- Definitions.- (a) “Act” means the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (34 of 2006);
(b) “Ayurveda Aahara” means a food prepared in accordance with the recipes or ingredients or processes as per method described in the authoritative books of Ayurveda listed under Schedule A’ of these regulations including products which have other botanical ingredients in accordance with the concept of Ayurveda Aahara but does not include Ayurvedic drugs or proprietary Ayurvedic medicines and medicinal products, cosmetics, narcotic or psychotropic substances, herbs listed under Schedule E-1 of Drug and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and the Drug and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, metals based Ayurvedic drugs or medicines, bhasma or pishti and any other ingredients notified by the Authority from time to time.
Explanation 1.- Food is defined under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (34 of 2006) and regulations made thereunder. Recipes and ingredients specified in the Schedule A authoritative books for promoting health or to meet specific physiological needs, including those foods specified for consumption during or post specified diseases, disorders referred as pathya in Ayurveda are covered under these regulations.
Explanation 2.- Adoption of processes for cooking or preparation of Ayurveda Aahara specified or described in the Schedule A authoritative books for industrial scale manufacture and packing are permitted. Such adoptions shall be aimed to produce Ayurveda Aahara with quality and characteristics closely similar as specified in the books mentioned under Schedule A of these regulations.
Explanation 3.- Any packed food item used in day to day life for dietary purposes such as pulses, rice, flour, vegetable including other foods specified under Food Safety and Standards Regulations shall not be covered under these regulations unless otherwise they meet the provisions of these regulations. Minimally processed food items involving cleaning, polishing, dehusking, grading shall not fall under these regulations.
(c)“Food Authority” means the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India established under section 4 of the Act;
(d)“Schedule” means a schedule to these regulations.
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