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FSSAI issues health claim directions under food fortification regulations
Tuesday, 16 January, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Shraddha Joshi, Mumbai
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued directions regarding the claims to be mentioned on the products under the Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) Regulations, 2011. According to the country’s apex food regulator, this was done in order to maintain uniformity in health claims.

As per the directive, the said regulations were made operational from December 2016. These regulations included standards for wheat flour, rice, edible oil, milk and salt, which can be fortified with micro-nutrients like Vitamins A and D, iron, folic acid, Vitamin B12, zinc, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and pyridoxine.

To have an uniformity, the apex regulator suggested scientifically substantiated health claims which can be used in a broader form for the fortified foods against respective micro-nutrients fortified in accordance under the specified regulation.

Giving details about the same, an FSSAI official informed, “The suggested health claims issued should be mentioned on the product by the manufacturers. In case of additions to these claims, prior approval from the scientific panel on packaging and labelling of FSSAI is required. If the procedure is not followed, the product can be termed under the misbranded category and may face legal action.”

The health claims made by the apex regulator were as follows:



Vitamin A

Helps against night blindness

Vitamin D

Support strong bones

Vitamin B12

Important for maintaining the normal functioning of the nervous system and blood formation

Folate and folic acid

Important for foetal development and blood formation


Fight anaemia


Required for normal growth, thyroid and brain function


Supports a healthy immune system


Required for normal nerve and heart functions


Necessary to release energy from food


Necessary to release energy from food


Necessary to release energy from food

It added that the claims should comply with the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, and Regulations, 2011, made specifically for packaging and labelling requirements as laid down under the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011.
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