India’s Regulator Publishes Updated Rules for Food Fortification Standards

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Food Saftety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has published updated rules for food fortification standards, as part of its efforts to make the practice part of the national agenda.  The regulator first implemented the Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) Regulations in October 2016, with fortification guidelines for staples such as rice, wheat flour (folic acid, iron, vitamin B12), milk, edible oil (vitamins A and D) and salt (iodine and iron). In addition, the ‘+F’ logo was introduced to identify fortified foods, and the Scientific Panel on Nutrition and Fortification approved the Scientific Health Claims for label declaration of fortified foods.

The latest notification refers to the updated set of regulations as the Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) Regulations 2018.  By January 1, 2019, all food business operators must comply with “all the provisions”, with permitted dosages of added micronutrients recommended by the panel adjusted to provide 30% to 50% of each individual’s daily requirements.  The permitted dosages provide a minima and maxima range for the fortification of staple foods like wheat flour (also called atta or maida), rice, salt, milk, and vegetable oil.  The range allows for an additional 10% of micronutrients above the dosage recommended by the panel, though the figure is 20% for vitamins A and D. 

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