FSSAI to restrict the use of Diacetyl in Oils and Fats

In a notification dated 8th October 2018, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has published the draft Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Amendment Regulations, 2018 to further amend the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulations 2011. By this proposed Amendment, FSSAI proposes restriction on the use of diacetyl as flavouring substance in oils and fats. This provision shall be a part of regulation 2.3 which specifies the provisions and restrictions on sale of certain products like sale of vegetable oil and fat.
Diacetyl is a chemical compound that occurs naturally in certain foods and can also be artificially made. Chemically-produced diacetyl and its derivatives are used as an ingredient to artificially flavour foods and beverages such as yogurt, butter, cheese to give the food buttery taste. In recent years, some report show that diacetyl is associated with lung diseases through inhalation. So, FSSAI has taken this step to amend the Regulation which will help in reducing the exposure of consumers to diacetyl for health benefit.
This Draft Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on sales) Amendment Regulations, 2018 has been published for the information of all persons likely to be affected. FSSAI also invited any objections and suggestions from stakeholders on this Draft Amendment Regulations by 8th November,2018. The objections/suggestions may be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Food and Drug Administration Bhawan, Kotla Road, New Delhi- 110002; or sent on email at regulation@fssai.gov.in.

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