FSSAI | proposing to ban the sale of health supplements as medicines…

Food safety watchdog Food Safety and Standards Association of India (FSSAI) has issued new regulations proposing to ban the sale of health supplements as medicines. “Every package of food or health supplements shall carry the information on the label … the words FOOD or HEALTH SUPPLEMENT… the term ‘NOT FOR MEDICINAL USE’ shall be prominently written on the label,” a draft order issued by the FSSAI states.

Clamping down on mis-labelling of ‘health supplements’, food safety regulator FSSAI today proposed banning sale of these products as ‘medicines’ and announced new norms for products based on ayurveda, sidhha, unani and other traditional health systems.

FSSAI proposed usage levels

Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has also proposed the maximum usage levels for cow’s milk, buffalo’s milk, camel’s milk, ghee, curd, butter, honey, gold, gold foil, silver, pearl in ayurveda, siddha and unani ingredients based products.The limit has been fixed as maximum usage levels per day for use as a health or food supplements which are based on ayurveda, siddha and unani.The regulator will finalise the safety norms after receiving comments from all stakeholders on the draft note.The order also said that the benefits of specialty foods containing ingredients based on ayurveda, unani and siddha and other traditional health systems of India, should be shown by science based evidence.

FSSAI norms

Yesterday, industry body Assocham had released a knowledge paper suggesting that FSSAI should come up with safety norms for nutraceuticals and dietary supplements.In the paper, the industry body said about 60-70% supplements in the nutraceuticals market, which has potential to grow to US $12.2 billion in the next five years, are fake and such unregistered and unapproved products should be recalled.India accounts for 1.5% of the global nutraceuticals market.Heinz, Kellogg’s, Nestle, Hormel, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals are key players in this segment.

The regulator has also proposed the maximum limit for levels of cow milk, buffalo milk, camel milk, ghee, curd, butter, honey, gold, gold foil, silver, pearl in ayurveda, siddha and unani ingredients based products. The limit has been fixed as maximum usage levels per day for use as a health or food supplements which are based on ayurveda, siddha and unani.

The FSSAI said that benefits of speciality foods containing ingredients based on ayurveda, unani and siddha and other traditional health systems of India should be backed by science based evidence. Meanwhile, the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India had released a knowledge paper suggesting that the FSSAI should come up with safety norms for nutraceuticals and dietary supplements.

Under the new draft regulations announced late tonight, the companies can’t claim that their nutraceuticals and health supplement products are for therapeutic and curative purposes.

 

It said about 60-70 per cent supplements in the nutraceuticals market, which has potential to grow to $12.2 billion in the next five years, are fake and such unregistered and unapproved products should be recalled. India accounts for 1.5 per cent of the global nutraceuticals market.

 

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