The FSSAI has issued a draft notification dated 6 September, 2021 on the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Amendment Regulations, 2021 with respect to manufacture, sell, store or exhibit for sale food for infant nutrition which has been uploaded on the FSSAI website on 8 September 2021.
The FSSAI has also invited objections or suggestions, if any, may be addressed as per the format given on the following web link https://fssai.gov.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/Format_Draft_Notification_Infant_Food_08_09_2021.pdf which must be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Food and Drug Administration Bhawan, Kotla Road, New Delhi – 110002. Comments may also be submitted online through the following weblink https://fssai.gov.in/comments/Bestviewwl.aspx?NOTIFICATION_ID=4104 and they can also be emailed to [email protected] within 60 days from uploading of draft notification.
Objections or suggestions, which may be received from any person with respect to the said draft regulations before the expiry of the period so specified, shall be considered by the Food Authority.
- These regulations may be called the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Amendment Regulations, 2021.
- In the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011, in regulation 2.3 which is “Prohibition and Restriction on sale of certain products”
in sub-regulation 2.3.14: Restrictions relating to conditions for sale clause (4) is proposed to be amended from the following
(4) No person shall manufacture, sell, store or exhibit for sale, an infant milk food, infant formula and milk cereal based weaning food, processed cereal based weaning food and follow up formula except under Bureau of Indian Standards Certification Mark.
Amended to the following
“No person shall manufacture, sell, store or exhibit for sale food for infant nutrition, except under Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Certification Mark, wherever BIS standards are available”.
About Infant Nutrition
Malnutrition in the early years of life can be long-lasting as it has an impact on physical and mental development and is therefore, considered a major health problem in some countries. Therefore, proper infant nutrition is fundamental for the child’s continued health into adulthood. It is important to feed the child correctly especially in the first three years of life as this will help to reduce infant mortality and morbidity. Correct infant nutrition also reduces the risk of chronic diseases and promotes proper mental and physical development. Incorrect nutrition can also lead to malnutrition.