FOOD SAFETY AND STANDARDS AUTHORITY OF INDIA

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 10th September, 2021

No. Std/SP-08/A-1.2019/N-02.- Whereas the draft of certain regulations, namely: –

(i) the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Regulations, 2020, vide notification number File No. 1/Stds/Notification/Sweeteners-labelling/FSSAI-2019, dated the 16th September, 2020; and

(ii) the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Regulations, 2020, vide notification number F. No. Std/SP-08/A-1.2019/N-02 dated the 10th November, 2020,

were published as required under sub-section (1) of section 92 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (34 of 2006) in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part III, Section 4 inviting objections and suggestions from persons likely to be affected thereby before the expiry of period of sixty days from the date on which the copies of the Official Gazette containing the said notification were made available to the public;

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And whereas copies of the said two Gazette notifications were made available to the public on the 18th September, 2020 and 18th November, 2020, respectively;

And whereas the objections and suggestions received from the public in respect of the said two draft regulations have been considered by the Central Government;

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (k) of sub-section (2) of section 92 read with section 23 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006(34 of 2006), the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India with the previous approval of the Central Government hereby makes the following regulations to amend the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2020, namely: –

Regulations

1. (1) These regulations may be called the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) First Amendment Regulations, 2021.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette and Food Business Operator shall comply with all the provisions of these regulations by 17th November, 2021.

2. In the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2020 (herein after refer as the said regulations), in regulation 7, under sub-regulation (1), the following proviso shall be inserted, namely: –

“Provided that in case of food package having surface area upto 30cm2 containing caloric or non caloric sweetener or mixture thereof, the size of numerals and letters for the declarations or specific requirements specified in Schedule -II shall not be less than 1mm based on the letter l.”

3. In the said regulations, in Schedule-II,

(1) in clause 1, –

(a) under sub-clause (1), in the table, after S. No. 4 and the entries relating thereto, the following shall be inserted, namely: –

SI. No. Ingredients/additives Declarations
“5. 10 per cent. or more Sorbitol and Sorbitol syrup May have laxative effect, cause bloating and diarrhea in children; and reduce calcium absorption in post­menopausal women.”;

(b) under sub-clause (3), in the table,

(i) for S. No. 3 and the entries relating thereto, the following shall be substituted, namely:-

SI. No. Articles of food Declarations
“3. Aspartame (Methyl ester), Acesulfame

Potassium,   Aspartame-Acesulfame

(i) Contains………… (Name of sweetener with purity     and   weight    percent     of              marker

salt, Sucralose, SACCHARINS, Neotame, Steviol Glycoside and Polyols marketed as “Table Top Sweetener”

compound)

Not recommended for phenylketonurics; for children suffering from seizure disorders; pregnant and lactating mothers (in case of Aspartame (Methyl ester))

Not recommended for children; pregnant and lactating mothers (in case of Acesulfame Potassium)

Not recommended for phenylketonurics; for children; pregnant and lactating mothers (in case off Aspartame-Acesulfame salt)

Not recommended for children” (in case of SACCHARINS)

Polyols may have laxative effect (in case of Polyols)

May have laxative effect, cause bloating and diarrhea in children; and reduce calcium absorption in post-menopausal women (in case of Sorbitol and Sorbitol syrup).”;

(ii) S. No. 4 and the entries relating thereto shall be omitted;

(c) under sub-clause (4), in the table, for S. No. 1, 2 and 3 and the entries relating thereto, the following shall be substituted, namely: –

SI.
No.
Ingredients/additives Declarations
“1. Sweeteners mentioned under Appendix A of Food Safety and standards (Food Products standards and Food Additive) Regulations, 2011 (i)         This contains…………………….. . (name of
the sweetener).(ii) *Not recommended for phenylketonurics; for children   suffering  from    seizure  disorders;
pregnant and lactating mothers (if Aspartame is added)(iii) *Not recommended for children; pregnant and lactating mothers” (if Acesulfame potassium is added)(iv) *Not recommended for phenylketonurics; for children; pregnant and lactating mothers (if Aspartame-Acesulfame salt is added)(v) *Not recommended   for children  (if
SACCHARINS is added)
2 Mixture of Sweeteners mentioned under Appendix A of Food  Safety and
Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additive) Regulation,2011
This     (name of food) contains an admixture of……… (name of the sweeteners).

Provided that in addition to the above declaration every package  of food      containing  mixture                    of sweeteners shall declare the labelling requirement prescribed under these regulations for the individual sweeteners present in the mixture;

Note: In case of food package having surface area upto 100cm2 , the size of numerals & letters for such declarations shall not be less than 1.5 mm.

3. Every package of food which is permitted to contain    non-caloric
sweetener mentioned in Food Safety and Standards (Food Products standards and Food Additive) Regulations, 2011
CONTAIN NON-CALORIC SWEETENER”;

(2) in clause 2, relating to “Specific requirements/ restrictions on manner of labelling”, in sub-clause 2.1,-

(a) after item (2), following shall be inserted, namely: –

“2A. In case rice bran oil which is physically refined is used as one of the ingredients in Vanaspati, it shall be declared in the ingredient list on the label as Physically Refined Rice Bran Oil.”;

(b) for item (4), the following shall be substituted, namely: –

“(4) Every package containing an admixture of edible oils shall carry the following label declaration in bold capital letter immediately below its brand name or trade name on the front of pack, namely: –

MULTI-SOURCE EDIBLE OIL

(Name and nature* of edible oil) …….. per cent. by weight

(Name and nature* of edible oil) …….. per cent. by weight

(*i.e. in raw or refined form)

For pack size less than one litre, the font size of the label declaration “MULTI-SOURCE EDIBLE OIL”, shall not be less than 3 mm with the length of declaration statement as 35 mm minimum and for label declaration “Name and Nature of edible oil…. per cent. by weight”, font size shall not be less than 2 mm.

For pack size one litre to below 5 litre, the font size of the label declaration “MULTI-SOURCE EDIBLE OIL” shall not be less than 4 mm with the length of declaration statement as 45 mm minimum and for label

declaration “Name and Nature of edible oil…. per cent. by weight” font size shall not be less than 2.5 mm.

For pack size five litre and above, the font size of the label declaration “MULTI-SOURCE EDIBLE OIL” shall not be less than 10 mm and for label declaration “Name and Nature of edible oil…. per cent. by weight” font size shall not be less than 3 mm.

There shall also be the following declaration in bold capital letters along with the name of product on front of pack,-

NOT TO BE SOLD LOOSE.”

ARUN SINGHAL, Chief Executive Officer

[ADVT.-III/4/Exty./256/2021-22]

Note: The Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations,2020 were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part III, Section 4 vide notification number F. No. 1-94/FSSAI/ SP (Labelling)/2014(Pt-2), dated the 17th November, 2020.

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