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FSSAI issues order to omit added sugar quantity from additives section
Friday, 06 October, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Shraddha Joshi, Mumbai
Binding upon manufacturers of non-alcoholic beverages to mention the quantity of added sugar at two places on their products’ labels - under food additives and the Packaging and Labelling Regulations, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), in its recently-issued gazette notification, has ordered that the provision of declaration of quantity of added sugar be deleted from the additives section.

Beverage labels
Said an FSSAI official, “In order to avoid duplication, FSSAI has proposed to omit the quantity of added sugar from the additives section on non-alcoholic carbonated beverage labels.”

The notification stated, “It has been proposed that the provision to declare the quantity of added sugar be omitted from the sub-regulations of the Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, to avoid duplicity of the declaration requirement.”

These regulations may be called the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Eighth Amendment Regulations, 2017.

Supporting FSSAI’s move, Nilesh Lele, secretary, Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India) [AFST(I)], said, “This move is a positive step from the apex regulator avoiding duplications of regulations. This can be the result of FSSAI’s ongoing review of its existing and upcoming regulations.”
 
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