August 11, 2016
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) announced a pending new regulation pertaining to nutraceuticals and dietary supplements.
The new regulation, 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, is based on and framed from Section 22 of the Food Safety and Standards Act and provides the following:
- Comprehensive rules for the manufacture and sale of food for special health supplements, nutraceuticals, special dietary use, special medical purposes, functional food and normal food
- General conditions for the manufacture and sale of these foods in addition to providing chapter-wise details regarding essential composition, requirements related to claims, labelling, permitted use of additives and limits of contaminants, toxins and residues
- Various schedules dealing with vitamins, minerals, recommended diet, daily allowance, lists of plant ingredients, botanical storages, probiotics, prebiotics, as well as a comprehensive schedule of additives which is further divided into various sub-categories
The regulation is currently in the final notification stage.