In 2016, the FSSAI laid down fortification standards for wheat, maida, oil, salt, milk and rice as per WHO guidelines. But in 2018, the FSSAI revised them considerably reducing folic acid, iron and vitamin B12 in wheat, maida and rice.
About three years ago, the High Court had asked us to come out with regulation on healthy diets for school children. We have been struggling to put that regulation together. Because if you have to make a law, it has to be implemented,
FSSAI internship: The application process has begun and will conclude on April 14, 2019. The announcement of shortlisted candidates will take place on April 22, 2019. Internships will be provided in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata and freshers can apply too.
Civil society representatives and consumer activists have favored the policy amendment as a notable milestone towards aligning Indian’s regulation of ‘trans fats’ with World Health Organisation’s (WHO) call for global elimination of industrially-produced trans fats by 2023.
Some of the key regulations include the ones on alcoholic beverages, food fortification, advertising and claims, packaging, residues of pesticides, tolerance limits of antibiotics and pharmacologically active substances.
India has six ports where FSSAI officers are posted to inspect imported food items. “But there are over 250 tiny ports and entry points where we have no FSSAI officer stationed. Port officials inspect all goods,” he said.
Gujarat has been battling child and maternal malnutrition for several years. In 2013, the Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) had pointed out that every third child in the state is underweight despite providing supplementary nutrition to targeted children between 2007-12.