The Food Authority of India FSSAI has issued a direction saying that food businesses governed by the FSS Nutra Regulations 2022 may use some of the additives which are not present in the GMP (good manufacturing practices) table of the FSS Food Product Standards and Food Additives –Regulations (FPS & FA-R).
These additives, however, were part of the Schedule VE of the previous FSS Nutra Regulations 2016 and include ammonium acetate, ammonium lactate, choline salt and esters, croscarmellose sodium, potassium hydrogen malate, sodium starch glycolate, and sucrose oligoesters –type I and II.
These additives, the Food Authority of India FSSAI direction says that FBOs may use at GMP level in addition to additives listed under the GMP table (Appendix A) of the FSS FPS & FA-Regulations.
Bhaskar N, Advisor Science and Standards at Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, explains that during the examination of recently operationalised nutra regulations, it was observed that a cross reference to the GMP table (appendix A) of the FPS & FA-Regulations 2011, has been given for the list of additive to be used at GMP levels. However, some of the additives (mentioned above) which were present in the Schedule VE of the previous Nutra Regulations 2016, are not present in the GMP table (appendix A) of the FPS & FA-Regulations 2011.
And the FSSAI decided to issue the direction to remove any anomaly that may arise out of this.
Meanwhile, the direction added, “Enzymes and proteins listed under schedule III of the FSS Nutra Regulations 2022 are allowed in the manufacture of health supplements.”