India has grown in leaps and bounds in the area of food safety awareness all through the year 2018. As the year ends, let us look at the last big bang news from FSSAI.
1. FSSAI aiming for more entry points, especially ports
FSSAI wants to make specific ports which will be used only for entry of food items into the country but this will only be possible if all the stakeholders come together for this idea.
FSSAI CEO Pawan Agarwal says, “We are reviewing our placements across the ports in the country and we wish to place more of our men on some of these ports currently managed by the Customs.”
2. FSSAI considering 1% of labeling requirement for GM foods
According to a report of the Center for Science and Environment (CSE), genetically modified content was found in 3 out of 10 packaged food samples that were randomly tested.
FSSAI is framing guidelines for GM foods items in India with a limit value of 1% as a labeling requirement.
GM food items are those produced from genetically modified organisms or ingredients derived from them. The permissible limit was initially decided as 5% but in a recent development, it was considered as 1% as per sources familiar to the matter.
3. FSSAI Bans 74 Brands of Adulterated Coconut Oil in Kerala
FSSAI has swung into action in Kerala during this Christmas and New Year, by banning 74 brands of coconut oil which were found to be adulterated in an order issued by food safety commissioner Anand Singh.
In 2018 almost 170 brands were banned after being found adulterated after testing, they were banned as they violated the provision of the Food safety and standards act,2006.