In its move to raise the hygiene and nutrition’s bar in the country, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has now issued new directive for the usage yeast in bakery products. The new instruction has listed yeast as an approved ingredient.
The latest directive said, “It has been decided that yeast shall be considered as an approved ingredient in bread and biscuits, pending the necessary amendments to the vertical standards in this respect.”
It added that this had been done after due consideration of the stakeholders’ concern over the omission of the existing proviso relating to use of yeast at the good manufacturing practice (GMP) level in bread and biscuits in the revised food additive provisions.
The notification said, “The amendments in the above regulations are currently under process to address these concerns. It has been decided to consider yeast as an approved ingredient.”
It elaborated that the notification had the effect of revision of all the erstwhile food additive provisions under the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011, for additives, where yeast was permitted in bakery products.
Earlier, bakery industry was in constant contact with the food regulator to correct the listing of yeast. The industry wanted yeast to be portrayed as an ingredient rather than food additive. The new directive has certainly fumed a positive vibe among the bakers and this might be marked as the beginning of new era for bakery products.