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The government is moving to a regulatory system for food safety certification

New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) In a move that would facilitate ease of doing business through the ‘One Nation, One Commodity, One Regulator’ concept, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has approved several amendments to streamline food safety rules and regulations.

In a meeting chaired by health secretary Apurva Chandra, several amendments to various food safety rules and regulations were approved to remove Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) or AGMARK certification for food products.

After the amendments are finalized, food companies would not have to go to different authorities for mandatory certification and only FSSAI certification was made mandatory for food products, an official statement issued on Monday said.

Other approvals include standards for Mead (honey wine) and ready-to-drink (RTD) alcoholic beverages, revision of standards for milk fat products, standards for Haleem, etc.

The Food Authority also approved comprehensive and first manuals of methods of analysis to ensure regulatory compliance of food products.

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Amendments to various Food Safety Rules and Rules were approved in the meeting for notification of the draft to invite comments from stakeholders before finalization. These regulations included the revision of milk fat product standards, as part of which the fatty acid requirements for ghee will also be applicable to other milk fat products.

The Food Authority will also set standards for “Haleem” as part of the standards for meat products. Haleem is a dish made of meat, pulses, grains and other ingredients, which currently have no set standards.

— IANS

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