Draft Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2016 related to regulation 2.3 with respect to “fruit and vegetable products”

Food regulator FSSAI has proposed new standards for frozen vegetables and processed fruit products, including commonly used canned tomatoes, frozen peas and jams. In a draft regulation, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has invited suggestions from all stakeholders. The framing of standards for new products is a continuous process. In this, we have drafted quality norms for commonly used frozen vegetables and fruit products, FSSAI CEO Pawan Agarwal told PTI. As per the draft, standards have been framed for canned tomatoes, tomato juice, frozen beans, cauliflower, peas and spinach. Similarly, the regulator has come out with benchmarks for jams, fruit jellies and marmalades. The standards relate to limits for metallic contaminants in these products. In the draft, FSSAI has specified that these products will have to follow the packaging and labelling norms of the regulator. Food additives used in these products should be permitted by the regulator.