The amendments are related to the revision of cane jaggery (cane gur) and sodium saccharin (food grade) and new standards for calcium saccharin (food grade). These regulations are called the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Fifth Amendment Regulations, 2018.
According to the notification, in the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, in the regulation Sweetening agents including honey under the category gur or jaggery, the words pressed out of sugarcane from its definition shall be omitted, and the new standards for cane jaggery or cane gur have been added. The draft stated, “Cane jaggery, or cane gur, means the product obtained by boiling or processing juice pressed out of sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum). Additives permitted under these regulations shall be used, whereas added colour shall not be permitted. Sodium bicarbonate, if used for clarification purpose, shall be of food grade quality.”
Meanwhile, the country’s apex food regulator has issued a notice inviting suggestions and comment from the World Trade Organization (WTO) sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) committee member with regards to revised standards for TDS [limits of calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) content] in packaged drinking water as well as new standards for decaffeinated roasted and ground coffee and decaffeinated soluble coffee powder.
Further, under the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, in Regulation 2.10 [Beverages (other than dairy and fruit- and vegetable-based)], in the category coffee, standards for decaffeinated roasted and ground coffee and decaffeinated soluble coffee powder have been added.
The draft stated that the products should be free from artificial colouring and flavouring and shall be in dry and fresh condition and free from rancidity. The product shall be in the form of a free-flowing powder or shall be in the agglomerated form (granules) having colour, taste and flavour characteristic of coffee and free from impurities and should not contain chicory or any other added substances.