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FSSAI notifies fortification stds for milk powder
Thursday, 09 September, 2021, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has notified fortification standards for milk powder. The regulations were notified as the Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) First Amendment Regulations, 2021, which add a provision for fortified milk powder in the existing standards for fortified food products.

A clause 3A is added for the fortified milk powder, which says that milk powder, when fortified, shall be fortified with such levels of Vitamin A and D, so that the final reconstituted fortified milk shall comply with the levels of micronutrients specified in Clause 3 of Schedule-I related to ‘Fortified Milk‘ (under the fortified regulations), when constituted as per the directions mentioned on the product label.

However, a condition is also laid under these regulations that it shall only be used in the government funded programmes for the purpose of preparation of ‘Reconstituted Fortified Milk‘.

These regulations also provide prescribed labelling norms for fortified milk powder, which say that the label should carry -NOT RECOMMENDED FOR DIRECT CONSUMPTION, ONLY FOR USE UNDER ______________ (Name of the Government Funded Programme), TO BE CONSUMED ONLY AFTER RECONSTITUTION OF THE ENTIRE CONTENT AS PER THE DIRECTIONS ON THE LABEL and PACK ONCE OPENED, TO BE CONSUMED ON THE SAME DAY.

Meanwhile, the notified regulation also made provisions that every package of food fortified with iron shall carry a statement, “People with Thalassemia may take under medical supervision and persons with Sickle Cell Anaemia are advised not to consume iron fortified food products.”

Further the notification also amended the clause related to ‘iodine content’ and set the level of nutrients for Iodine Content at 15-30 part per million (on dry weight basis) with Potassium Iodate as source of nutrients.

The food business operators were asked to comply with all the provisions of these regulations with effect from March 1, 2022.
 
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