The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) vide a Directive dated 18th June 2020 has grant relief till 1st January 2021 to the FBOs from complying with the standard of packaged drinking water (other than mineral water) as prescribed in Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Fourth Amendment Regulations, 2019.
Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Fourth Amendment Regulations, 2019 amended the provisions relating to packaged drinking water other that mineral water and prescribed the general parameters concerning substances undesirable in excessive. As per the regulation, the permissible limits for –
- Calcium (as Ca) shall be 20mg to 75mg per litre of packaged drinking water, and
- Magnesium (as Mg) is 10mg to 30mg per litre of packaged drinking water.
All packaged water companies had to comply with these amended standards by 30th October 2019. However, FSSAI vide a direction dated 7th January 2020 provided that FSSAI has received representations from stakeholders regarding transition period for the compliance of limits of Calcium and Magnesium for the standards of Packaged Drinking Water (other than Mineral Water) under these regulations, which was extended till 1st July 2020.
But again, FSSAI is receiving representations requesting further extension for compliance with the above-mentioned provisions due to COVID-19 lockdown. After due consideration of the representations the FSSAI with this current direction decides to extended for a further period of six months to 1st January 2021.