The FSSAI has issued directions dated 13 September, 2021 regarding re-operationalisation of the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2021 relating to the limit of naturally occurring formaldehyde in freshwater and marine fish.
The FSSAI has framed the draft Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2021 which specify the limit of naturally occurring formaldehyde in fresh water and marine fish and which were operationalised on 10 February 2020 and subsequently re-operationalised on 21 August, 2020 and 16 November, 2020.
The FSSAI has stated that these draft regulations are in the process of being notified and the final regulations are likely to take some more time before being notified and enforced. Meanwhile the FSSAI, keeping in mind the public health interest and to ensure food safety and fair practices in food business operations, has decided to re-operationalise the revised provisions of these regulations, with immediate effect.
The FSSAI has stated that Food Business Operators shall follow these regulations and the enforcement of these regulations with immediate effect.
The regulations that have been made re-operational with immediate effect are as follows
In the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2011, under regulation 2.6, the FSSAI has added sub-regulation 2.6.2 ‘Limit of Formaldehyde”
2.6.2 Limit of Formaldehyde
The amount of naturally occurring formaldehyde shall not exceed the limit prescribed in column (3) for different species of fish as mentioned in the table given below
Note- The above limits are subjected to revision on the basis of data collected over
different seasons and geographical locations and upon analysis and recommendation by
(2) For fish and fish products of marine origin other than those mentioned in the table at
Group I and II, the limit of naturally occurring formaldehyde shall not be more than 100