To remove ‘ambiguity’, the FSSAI has issued an advisory with respect to the revised SOP for applying +F endorsement for fortified food products in FoSCoS and has issued a list of identified products for +F endorsement.

Some 82 products under various product categories of milk & milk products, edible oil, fortified fruit juices, cereals & cereals products, bakery products and salt were included in the list which are covered for the endorsement to make it easy for the food businesses to identify their product.

The advisory by the food authority says, “To remove the ambiguity regarding the food products which can be fortified as per Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Food) Regulations, 2018, and subsequent Amendment Regulations, 2020, a list of identified products has been created and made available in FoSCoS for +F endorsement.”

FSSAI in its order of April 2021 issued SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) regarding the provision for applying +F endorsement of processed food products made in the Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCoS) as per the Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Food) First Amendment Regulations, 2020, and incorporated coverage of processed food in the list of product categories.

However, the order was proved ambiguous for the food businesses as general references were given about the product categories and the FSSAI was requested for clarification. Subsequently, the food authority issued the list of products to remove the ambiguity related to +F endorsement.