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FSSAI directs labs to include parameters for fortified food in analysis
Saturday, 27 February, 2021, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
The apex food regulator has issued a direction with respect to testing of fortified food and asked the labs to include parameters for the same. The labs were also asked to obtain accreditation to analyse fortified food products from NABL and inform FSSAI.

The direction reads, “All the NABL accredited and FSSAI laboratories including state food testing labs are advised to include the parameters of fortificants/micro nutrients in the scope of testing and obtain NABL accreditation at the earliest and apprise the same to FSSAI.”

FSSAI has issued the direction as the Central government decided to distribute fortified rice through various sponsored schemes. Presently the department of food and public distribution is running a pilot scheme on ‘fortification of rice and its distribution under the public distribution system’.

FSSAI explains, “Department of Food and Public Distribution has proposed a Centrally-sponsored scheme on supply of fortified rice throughout the various services and schemes in all the states. The scheme will be merged with the current pilot scheme on ‘fortification of rice and its distribution under the PDS’, which is a flagship scheme by Government of India to address anaemia and other micronutrient deficiencies in the country.”

The FSSAI has also urged labs analysing fortified food to follow prescribed units under the FSS Regulations.

“It is also observed in few laboratory reports that the unit used in reporting micronutrients varies from one report to another. It is therefore instructed to all the food testing laboratories to follow the units as specified in Food Safety and Standards Regulations in respect of fortified foods and other food items,” reads the direction by the FSSAI.
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