Place a display label on Vending machines selling beverages, proposes FSSAI; invites comments / suggestions till 28th December, 2018

Place a display label on Vending machines selling beverages, proposes FSSAI; invites comments / suggestions till 28th December, 2018

December 7, 2018 Food & Beverage, OPS, states 0

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“FSSAI”) has, by notification numbered STDS/Additive-3/notification/FSSAI/2018 dated 26th November, 2018 has taken out a draft of the proposed amendments to the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales ) Regulations, 2011.

Comments and suggestions are invited on the Draft Regulations from the general public till 28th December, 2018 and may be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, FDA Bhawan, Kotla Road, New Delhi- 110002 or sent on email at regulation@fssai.gov.in. You may also submit comments Online. The Format for sending the Comments And Suggestions have been attached in the document titled ‘Format’.

Key Highlights:

  1. A proviso to clause (19) under Regulation 2.3.14 has been added which deals with selling of beverages with permitted artificial sweeteners in packaged conditions with proper labelling. As per the proposed amendment, if such beverages are sold through vending machine, a display or label in respect of artificial sweetener shall be placed on the cups or container in which the product is served;
  1. A display label of artificial sweetener must be placed on the vending machine as well, and in a prominent manner.
  1. The labelling requirement has been specified as follows:
  • Every package of food which is permitted to contain artificial sweetener mentioned in table given in regulation 3.1.3 (1) of Food Safety and standards (Food Products standards and Food Additive) Regulations, 2011 and an advertisement for such food shall carry the following label, namely,–
(i) This contains  (Name of the artificial sweeteners).
(ii) Not recommended for children.

(iii)          (a) “Quantity of sugar added….._ gm/100 gm.
(b) No sugar added in the product.

(iv)          “Not for Pheny Iketonurics (if Aspertame is added)

   *strike out whatever is not applicable

  • In addition to the declarations under regulation 2.4.5 (24 and 26), every package of food which is permitted to contain artificial sweetener mentioned in table in regulation 3.1.3 (1) of Food Safety and Standards (Food Products standards and Food Additive) Regulations, 2011 and an advertisement for such food shall carry the following label, namely,-

CONTAINS ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER AND FOR CALORIE CONSCIOUS

Ø  The declaration under regulation 2.4.5 (25) shall be provided along with name or trade name of product and shall be half of the size of the name/ trade name. The declaration may be given in two sentences, but in the same box.

Ø  Every package of Aspertame (Methyl ester), Acesulfame K, Sucralose and Saccharin Sodium, Neotame marketed as Table Top Sweetener and every advertisement for such Table Top Sweetener shall carry the following label, namely,-

(i) Contains…………………………………….. (name of artificial sweetener)
(ii) Not recommended for children

            Provided that the package of aspertame (Methyl ester), marketed as Table Top Sweetener and every advertisement for such Table Top Sweetener shall carry the following label, namely,–

“Not for Phenylketonurics”

Ø  Every package of food which is permitted to contain a mixture of Aspertame (Methyl Ester) and Acesulfame Potassium Sweeteners mentioned in the Table given in regulation 3.1.3(1) of Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additive) Regulation, 2011, shall carry the following label, namely,-

This………….. (Name of food) contains.._…….. contains an admixture of

Aspertame (Methyl Ester and Acesulfame Potassium. Not recommended for children.
(a) “quantity of sugar added…._. ….. …gm/100gm,
(b) No sugar added in the product.
‘Not for Phenylketoneurics (if Aspertame is added)

  *strike out whatever is not applicable

Ø  Every package of food which is permitted to contain a mixture of Acesulfame Potassium and Sucralose sweeteners mentioned in the Table given in Regulation 3.1.2 (1) of Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additive) Regulation, 2011 shall carry the following label, namely,–

(i) This ….._._..(Name of Food) contains a mixture of Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium; (ii) Not recommended for

children;

(iii) m(a) Quantity of sugar added.._._…………………………….. gm/100gm;
m(b) No sugar added in the product;

*Strike out whichever is not applicable

Source: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India

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