On Monday, Indian food safety watchdog the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) announced that health supplements cannot be sold as medicines at all and also fixed the permissible limits of various ingredients used in the products. New standards have been issued for manufacturers of the products to check mislabelling.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has operationalised with immediate effect new standards for 8 categories of products including health supplements and nutraceuticals.

CEO Pawan Aggarwal said “Last year, we had issued draft standards on health supplements, nutraceuticals, food for special dietary use, food for special medical purpose, functional food and novel food. We have finalized this and operationalised with immediate effect,”

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will now start granting licences and approve products manufactured based on the new standards. However, these regulations will be enforced from January 2018. “Considering that the regulation is final, FSSAI has made the regulations operational with immediate effect in order to facilitate food business,” the regulator said in a statement.

The new rules comprises of the following,

  • Every package of health supplement should carry the words ‘health supplement’ as well as an advisory warning ‘not for medicinal use’ prominently written.
  • “The quantity of nutrients added to the articles of food shall not exceed the recommended daily allowance as specified by the Indian Council of Medical Research and in case such standards are not specified, standards laid down by the international food standards body namely Codex Alimentarius Commission shall apply,”
  • Health supplements may be used to supplement the normal diet of anyone above the age of 5 years.
  • Labelling and packaging norms have been prescribed for nutraceuticals, food for special dietary use, food for special medical purpose, functional and novel food.

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said the regulation will help greatly in resolving the issues challenges this sector and creating a conducive regulatory environment for the industry to operate.

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