FSSAI re-operationalises nutra regulations
The FSSAI has issued a direction for re-operationalisation of FSS (Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Food for Special Dictary Use, Food for Special Medical Purpose and Prebiotic and Probiotic Food) Regulations, 2022 with effect from April 1, 2023.
The FSSAI has issued a notice in this regard saying that the provisions of these draft regulations as specified in the direction dated 29.03.2022 together with the provisions specified in the direction dated 10.05.2022, were re-operationalised with effect from October 1, 2022, vide direction dated 18.10.2022. As the finalisation of these draft regulations is likely to take some more time before being notified, it has been decided to again re-operationalise the provisions specified in the direction dated 18.10.2022, with effect from April 1, 2023, reads the direction issued by the FSSAI.
FSSAI has framed the draft FSS (Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Food for Special Dietary Use, Food for Special Medical Purpose and Prebiotie and Probiotic Food) Regulations, 2022 and the same were operationalised vide direction dated 29.03.2022 superseding the FSS (Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Food for Special Dietary Use, Food for Special Medical Purpose, Functional Food and Novel Food) Regulations, 2016.
The direction of 29.03.2022 was further revised vide direction dated 0.05.2022 to permit additional food additives and enzyme/proteins for Health Supplements. As reported earlier, the 2022 regulation shall supersede the previous regulations of 2016. According to the FSSAI, it was done to overhaul the entire segment and make it more ‘stakeholder’ friendly and as articles of food falling under these regulations are specially processed or formulated for specific nutritional or dietary purpose and should be clearly distinguishable from foods intended for normal consumption, these regulations will benefit the nutraceutical sector to have clear guidelines and will also enable field functionaries to ensure better compliance at the ground level.