FSSAI issues draft quality regulations.
In a bid to ensure quality of imported pulses, food safety watchdog FSSAI has issued draft quality regulations and fixed the foreign matter limit at a maximum 3% by weight.
“The limits for foreign matter (extraneous matter) shall be maximum 3% by weight, of which the maximum 0.5% by weight may be the inorganic matter and impurities of animal origin,” Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said in a notification.
The food regulator has also invited suggestions from all stakeholders.
Foreign matter means anything extraneous other than food grains. It can be inorganic matter like metallic pieces, sand, stones and organic matter consisting of husk, straws, weed seeds and other inedible grains.
The presence of foreign matter in food grains is considered as adulteration and the grains could be found unsuitable for human consumption.
The move has come at a time when the government is turning to imports to keep pulse prices in check.