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India publishes draft amendments to National Food Standards

India publishes draft amendments to National Food Standards, Asia packaging, India packaging, food packaging, packaging legislation
The Indian Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has published draft amendments to the national Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, and opened public consultation.

Key points in the amendment are:
1. The scope for iodine value of cotton seed oil has been revised from “98-112” to “98-123”. Relevant requirements on the blending of iodine with refined rice bran oil have been added.

2. The microorganism indexes, physiochemical indexes, requirements on toxic substances and substances undesirable in excessive amounts for packaged drinking water have been revised.

3. A section “fruit and vegetable products” has been added with the requirements on essential composition and quality factors, microbiological requirements, packing and marking, contaminants, etc. of the following:

  • Canned tomatoes
  • Tomato juice
  • Jam, fruit jellies and marmalades
  • Frozen beans
  • Frozen cauliflower
  • Frozen peas
  • Frozen spinach


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