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FSSAI publishes draft regulation for Ayurvedic foods

In a major step, the former food regulatory authority published draft regulations for Ayurveda food products and obtained answers from stakeholders by the first week of September. This ordinance also lists 68 specific books that food companies can refer to for Ayurvedic food preparation.

These regulations, called Food Safety and Standards (Ayurveda Aahar) Regulations, 2021, define Ayurveda Aahar as a food that is prepared according to the recipes or ingredients and / or procedures according to the methods set out in the authoritative Ayurveda books under ‘Schedule A ‘ are listed. of these regulations.

„It (Ayurveda Aahar) also includes products that contain other botanical ingredients according to the concept of Ayurveda Aahar, but not Ayurvedic medicines or proprietary Ayurvedic medicines and medicines, cosmetics, narcotics or psychotropic substances, herbs that are in List E of Medicinal and Cosmetic Act, 1940 and Rules 1945 under it, Ayurvedic or metal-based medicines, Bhasma or Pishti and any other ingredients disclosed by the authority from time to time, ”the memo stated.

However, a general requirement of these regulations is: „No person may manufacture or sell Ayurveda Aahar for use in infants up to 24 months of age”.

In addition, the production of Ayurveda Aahar must be determined by food business operators under Schedule 4 of the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations 2011, and the addition of vitamins, minerals and amino acids to Ayurveda Aahar will not be allowed. Natural vitamins and minerals, provided they are contained in Ayurveda Aahar, can, however, be stated on the label.

Also, food business operators must formulate Ayurveda Aahar in accordance with the categories and requirements listed in Appendix B of these regulations, the draft states.

Regarding additives, the ordinance states that the products covered by this ordinance may only contain natural food additives in accordance with Annex C of this ordinance. In addition, according to the draft, labeling, presentation and advertising are not intended to claim that the Ayurveda Aahar is required to prevent, treat or cure a human disease or to refer to such properties and for non-standardized Ayurvedic foods, grocers must obtain approval from the authority.

The ordinances also stipulated that AYUSH’s ministry set up a committee of experts to make recommendations to the food authority on evidence of claims and products. Such a committee is also empowered to address registration / licensing / certification / laboratory accreditation / testing / quality concerns related to Ayurveda Aahar.

These regulations also require a logo for such products and microbiological standards.