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Post at: Aug 07 2021

FSSAI’s Conditional Licensing for Proprietary Foods

Why in News?

  • On July 14, 2021, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued a draft consultation paper on conditional licensing for proprietary foods.

Proposed Changes and their reason

Conditional Licensing

The concept of conditional licensing for proprietary foods is intended to check the entry of such products into the market where composition of the product is diluted/diverted to avoid compliance with standardized food products and yet allow entry of value added food products which could not fit into the description of a standardized food product or are altogether different products made out of a mix of standarised food products.

Mapping of the Proprietary food products

Mapping of proprietary food products to be done to the nearest food products, wherever available and appropriate to ensure compliance with the vertical standards of standardized food products also.

OVERVIEW OF REGULATORY FRAMEWORK OF PROPRIETARY FOODS

  • Section 222 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 defines “Proprietary Food’ as an article of food for which standards have not been special but is not unsafe, provided that such food does not contain any of the foods and ingredients prohibited under this Act and regulations made thereunder.
  • Further, the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives Regulations), 2011 under its sub-regulation 2.12 defines ‘Proprietary Foods’ as follows :
  • Proprietary food means an article of food that has not been standardized under these regulations, but does not include novel foods, foods for special dietary uses, foods for special medical purposes, functional foods, nutraceuticals, health supplements and such other food articles which the Central Government may notify in this behalf.

About FSSAI

  • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Government of India.
  • It was founded on August 5, 2011, under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
  • It is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.
  • It is headquartered at New Delhi,

Chairperson : Rita Teaotia

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) : Arun Singhal

 

Way Forward

FSSAI’s consultation on the conditional licensing should focus on ensuring that sub-standard  products do not enter market. Although proprietary food products are not unsafe but they use to cheat their consumers. India is a country with many vulnerable consumers who opt for proprietary foods for being cheaper in comparison to standard products. The conditions imposed by concerned Licensing Authorities (CLAs) shall be suitably justifiable and should be backed by value judgement. The CLAs must keep strict vigil and sensitiveties while exercising conditional licensing of food products.

@  Abhay Pandey


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