FSSAI Reconsiders Specified Limits of Mixed Millet Flour, Jowar Flour etc.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has drawn reference to the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) First Amendment Regulations, 2021 notified on 4th March, 2021 prescribing standards for Bajra Flour (Pearl Millet Flour) and Jowar Flour (Sorghum Flour), and the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Fi[th Amendment Regulations, 2021 notified on 15th Nov, 2021 prescribing standards for Multigrain flour (atta) and Mixed millet flour. Food business operators were required to comply with the provisions of these amendment regulations w.e.f. 01.01.2022 and 01.06.2022, respectively.

Notably, various representations have been received from stakeholders for reconsideration of the specified values in respect of the quality parameters. The specified value have been reconsidered by FSSAI in terms of quality parameters namely, ‘Alcoholic acidity’ in the standards of Bajra flour, Jowar Flour, Multigrain Atta and Mixed millet flour; Total dietary fibre’ and ‘Moisture content’ in the standards of Mixed millet flour. In the same wake, it has been decided to keep enforcement of the following parameter in abeyance till 31″ December, 2022. The apex body of food safety has decided to revise the maximum limit of the moisture content in Mixed millet flour from ‘11%’ to ‘13%’, and operationalise the same with immediate effect under section 18(2)(d) of the FSS Act.

This has been issued with the approval of the Competent Authority in exercise of the power vested under Sections 16(5) and 18(2)(d) of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

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