Indian govt publishes draft regulation related to new, revised standards for fortified food products

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The Indian government published draft regulation related to both new and revised standards for fortified food products in the month of November, inviting comments from WTO (World Trade Organization) member countries.

The draft amendments cover the following:

i) A warning statement on every package of iron-modified food is modified to state “People with Thalassemia may take under medical supervision and persons with Sickle Cell Anemia are advised not to consume iron fortified food products.”

ii) The level as well as source of nutrients in the ‘Iodine component” is modified in Schedule I of the regulations.

c) Milk powder, when fortified, shall be fortified with such levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin D, so that the final reconstituted fortified milk shall comply with the specified levels of micronutrients.

The above draft of certain regulations relate to amend the Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) Regulations, 2018.

It must be noted here that the comment period expires 60-days after the notification is published on the WTO website.