Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has asked the food operators to keep a check on labeling defects on health supplements and nutraceutical products.
In a letter dated 18 September 2019, the FSSAI has pointed out that it has received reports that nutraceutical or health supplement products that have gelatine shells or contain ingredients of animal origin are depicting the green dot on their package labels and declaring them as a vegetarian. The authority stated that it is in contravention of the food safety and standards (packaging and labeling) regulations 2011 which mandates the applicability of vegetarian and non-vegetarian logo on the labels of pre-packed foods products, and the same shall be considered as mis-branding or labeling defect.
The FSSAI also demanded that all food products that fall under the category of nutraceuticals or health Supplements shall have to comply with the food safety and standard (health supplements, nutraceutical, food for special dietary use, food for special medical purpose, functional food and novel food) regulations 2016 as well as the food safety and standards (packaging and labeling) regulations 2011. Failing to comply with these regulations will lead to penal provisions under the FSS Act, 2006.
In a letter addressing to all commissioners of food safety of all states and union territories; all authorized officers, FSSAI; and all central licensing authority, FSSAI, the regulatory authority has instructed them to initiate a strong enforcement drive to keep a check on the sale of such products in their areas of jurisdiction which are in contravention of the packaging regulations mentioned above. The FSSAI has also instructed the officials to initiate appropriate action against the defaulting food business operators according to the provisions laid down in the FSS Act 2006, Rules and Regulations 2011 made there under.