India Food Regulator, the FSSAI published a draft standard for irradiated food on 13 November, 2015. The proposed standard includes among other things, labelling provisions for irradiated food. FSSAI will be accepting comments from the stakeholders over the next 60 days.
Current rules on food irradiation
Definitions of irradiation, irradiation facility, irradiated foods and operation of irradiation facility are covered by section 1.2 “Definitions” of Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011.
Section 2.13 focuses in detail on irradiation of food and individual sections cover the following:
2.13.1: Dose of irradiation
2.13.2: Requirement for the process of irradiation
2.13.3: Restrictions on irradiation of food
2.13.4: Record of irradiation of food
2.13.5: Standards of irradiated food
2.13.6: Storage and sale of irradiated food
2.13.7: Restriction on sale of irradiated food
Differences between the current and proposed standards
- Retain existing clause 2 of sub-regulation 2.13.1 of Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food additives) Regulation, 2011 (as below)
- The doses of radiation for classes for food articles and allied products have been prescribed along with the purpose for irradiation. The classes of food products are as follows:
- The compliance with respect to process of irradiation, restrictions on irradiation of food will be updated: record of irradiation of food will be updated from Atomic Energy (Control of Irradiation of Food) Rules 1991 to Atomic Energy (Radiation Processing of Food and Allied Products) Rules from 2012.
- A new addition would be the labeling of irradiated foods, where irradiated food will have to bear the Radura logo on the label in green colour with the below declaration:
Comments on the proposed standard can be submitted in the next 60 days by submitting an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or online at this address.
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