|Thursday, 07 July, 2016, 08 : 00 AM [IST]|
|Our Bureau, New Delhi|
|Regulations for nutraceuticals industry have reached the final notification stage, according to Kumar Anil, advisor (standards), Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Anil was addressing the ASSOCHAM National Symposium on Nutraceuticals, Herbals and Functional Foods held here recently.
Kumar said, “We had realised the need for establishing standards earlier on and initiated the process four years ago, today I am happy to inform that these regulations have reached the final notification stage.”
He added, “The regulations which have been framed under Section 22 of the Food Safety and Standards Act have been titled – food safety and standards for food for health supplements, nutraceuticals, food for special dietary use, food for special medical purposes, functional food and normal food regulations 2016.” Anil was addressing the event on behalf of Pawan Kumar Agarwal, chief executive officer, FSSAI.
Anil said that these regulations have been framed to provide a level playing field to all stakeholders in the nutraceuticals industry.
Kumar observed, “These regulations are very comprehensive and provide for manufacture and sale of food for special health supplements, nutraceuticals, special dietary use, special medical purposes, functional food and normal food.”
It provides general conditions for manufacture and sale of these foods besides providing chapter-wise details regarding essential composition, requirements related to claims, labelling, permitted use of additives and limits of contaminants, toxins and residues.
Kumar stated, “The regulations also provide for various schedules dealing with vitamins, minerals, recommended diet, daily allowance, list of ingredients of plants, botanical storages, probiotics, prebiotics, besides it also has a comprehensive schedule of additives which is further divided into various sub-categories.”
He informed that for any new ingredients, plants or botanicals to be added to the list, these schedules offer any deletion if need be. “FSSAI intends to review these regulations on a regular basis as this exercise will help it in further evolving these regulations as per the stakeholders’ requirement.”
Kumar said, “These regulations offer for tremendous scope for evaluation and application for industry’s benefit.”
Earlier, speaking at the event, Union minister of state for science and technology Y S Chowdary pointed out that the government was focussed upon harnessing the strength of India’s ancient medicinal practices based on traditional health systems to get more and more export value.
He stated, “Prime minister Narendra Modi has been talking in a very focussed manner to harness our ancient values more and more to get more export value, this is not a new subject for India but requires us to stay focussed therefore we should start getting this to the ground level.”
According to him, nutraceuticals has been part of India’s ancient values and strength but unfortunately this particular industry has not been getting enough support. He opined, “In our country, all these herbal and natural products need to become the first in line not for curative but for prevention purposes,” added the minister.