The FSSAI has issued draft Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2022, wherein it has prescribed standards for Indian mithais (sweets), which are for direct human consumption for both pre-packaged and packaged products sold over the counter.

The draft lays down that the ingredients referred to, shall conform to the standards, wherever prescribed under these regulations while the labelling requirement prescribed that each package shall be labelled so as to the name of the product along with relevant categories is displayed, (for example, name of the product (sub-category) ”khoa burfi”(khoa-based mithai),

Also, in case of milk-based mithais, the Food Business Operator needs to declare the per cent and type of milk solids under the list of ingredients on the label.

The draft lists essential composition for various ‘kinds’ of mithais. The list comprises raw material for milk based mithais that include -(i). Milk Concentration based: Milk and milk powders, cream and cream powders, milk fat products as specified under FSS (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 (ii). Khoa based: Khoa whose specifications are specified under FSS (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 and (iii). Chhana based: Chhana whose specifications are specified under FSS (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011.

Raw materials for non-milk-based mithais include (i). Grain-based: Cereals/ millets/pulses or their processed products (ii). Dry Fruits nuts/seeds- based: Dry fruits, nuts, seeds, or their processed products and (iii). Fruits and/or vegetables based: Fruits and/or vegetables and/or their products.

Raw materials for composite mithais may be prepared from any combination of the raw materials specified under these regulations while other permitted ingredients include the ingredients as permitted under FSS (FPS &FA) Regulations, 2011, may also be used unless otherwise restricted.

The description for mithai meanwhile reads, ‘Indian mithais means sweets that are traditional and innovative from Indian heritage and culture. They may be prepared by using one or combination of raw materials and other permitted ingredients as specified under section 2 of these regulations as per their relevant category. They may be processed by heating, cooking, steaming, boiling, fermentation, coagulation, drying, condensing, frying, roasting, baking, ripening or similar processes and/or any combination of processes thereof in various forms, styles or consistencies’.