FSSAI Specifies Limit of Naturally Occurring Formaldehyde in Freshwater and Marine Fish

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) under section 18(2)(d) in section 16(5)  of Food Safety and  Standards Act  emphasized on operationalization of  Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations  2021 relating to  limit of naturally  occurring formaldehyde in freshwater and marine fish.

Notably, FSSAI in exercise of the power conferred under section 92 of the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 framed draft Food Safety and  Standards( Food  Products Standards and Food Additives ) Amendment Regulations  2021 that specified limit of  naturally occurring formaldehyde  in freshwater and marine fish  and the same were operationalized  on 10.02.2020 and subsequently  re-operationalised  vide directions dated 21.08.2020 , 16.11.2020  and 13.09.2021.

The final regulations  are yet to be finalized  before being notified and enforced.

In order to ensure fair practices in food safety and public health interest  in food business operations . It  has been decided to re- operationalise the provisions  of  these regulations  with effect from 13.03.2022 and food business operators shall comply with these provisions.  This has been issued by the FSSAI with approval of all the competent authorities  in exercise of the powers under section 18 (2) (d) and 16 (5) of the Food safety and Standards Act,  2006.

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