New guidelines on sale of proprietary food products

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a new advisory on December 11, 2012 relating to sale of new or existing proprietary food products.

As per Section 22 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (FSSA), “no person shall manufacture, distribute, sell or import any novel food, genetically modified articles of food, irradiated food, organic food, foods for special dietary uses, functional foods, neutraceuticals, health supplements, proprietary foods and such other articles of food which the Central government may notify in this behalf”.

Sharing the above information, minister for health & family welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on April 30, 2013, said, “As on date, there is no standard for these food items in India. Hence, new advisory has been issued in this regard. This advisory has been drafted after detailed consultations.”

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