Through a notification dated 14 September 2016, the FSSAI has made amendments to the Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Regulations 2011 relating to the extraneous matter in the raw pulse. The copies of Gazette were already made available to the public on 9 May 2016 and so after considering the objections and suggestions, the FSSAI has made these amendments. Once notified in the Official Gazette the amended regulations will come into force and will be named the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Eighth Amendment Regulations, 2016.
An amendment has been made in the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, in the category of ‘Food Grains’
The FSSAI has added a new clause to the regulations. The prescribed standard for a maximum limit of foreign matter in unprocessed whole raw pulses (not for direct human consumption) has been outlined in the additional clause. All other requirements of standards with reference to unprocessed raw whole pulses will be the same as already standardized in the regulations. The standards for pulses for direct human consumption will also remain the same as already existing in the regulation.
According to the amendment, the category of foods UNPROCESSED WHOLE RAW PULSES (not for direct human consumption) the limit for the extraneous matter will be a maximum of 3.0 percentage by weight of which the maximum of 0.5 will be the percentage by weight of inorganic matter like impurities of animal origin.
FSSAI has also notified another amendment in the same regulation in the category of ‘Salt, Spices, Condiments and Related Products’ related to Saffron (Kesar).
The new substituted amendment states that the solubility of saffron (Kesar) in cold water on dry weight basis must not be MORE than 65.5 percent by weight. The regulation previously stated that it must not be LESS than 65.5 percent by weight.