FSSAI has issued draft Food Safety and Standards Regulations for Food or Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Foods for Special Dietary Uses, Foods for Special Medical Purpose, Functional Foods, and Novel Foods.
These regulations have defined such food on essential composition, labelling, usage of additives, contaminants and toxins, besides claims on health and nutritional values. The regulations further ask every such package of food or health supplements to carry the words ‘food or health supplement’ and the term ‘not for medicinal use’prominently on the label.
This will ensure that the manufacturers cannot sell such products as medicines.
The regulations shall be taken into consideration after the expiry of a period of 60 days from the date of publishing in the official gazette and by that time the companies could present their views to the food regulator.
According to FSSAI, the regulations shall come into force with effect from the ensuing January 1 or July 1 of the year, as the case may be, subject to a minimum of 180 days from the date of final notification of these regulations in the Official Gazette.