The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued an order regarding the usage of ‘words’ along with ‘curd’ in local languages for the purpose of labelling after it has notified the provisions for omission of the term “curd” from the Standards of Fermented Milk Products vide notification dated Jan 11, 2023.

The food businesses can now use word from the local language like “Curd (Dahi)” OR “Curd (Mosaru)” OR “Curd (Zaamut daud)” OR “Curd (Thayir)” OR “Curd (Perugu)’ etc.

According to the FSSAI, ‘General Standard for Milk and Milk Products’ under the ‘Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 clearly lay down guidelines for use of dairy term(s)in the nomenclature of dairy products including milk, milk product or a composite milk product and related prohibitions for such use in non-dairy products.

“Accordingly, when term “curd” was written along with “Dahi” in the said regulation, it was restricting its use for non-dairy products. As many representations were received recently on omission of the term “curd”, from the Standards of Fermented Milk Products, it has been decided that FBOs may use the term Curd along with any other designation (prevalent regional common name) in brackets on the label,” reads the order.

The order added that ‘accordingly, Curd can also be labelled as per following examples: “Curd (Dahi)” OR “Curd (Mosaru)” OR “Curd (Zaamut daud)” OR “Curd (Thayir)” OR “Curd (Perugu)’.

It is pertinent to note that the food authority has notified the changes through the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) First Amendment Regulations, 2023 wherein under the standards for fermented milk products applied on fermented milks, including, heat-treated fermented milks, concentrated fermented milks and composite milk products based on these products, the food authority has amended that the name “Fermented Milk? may be replaced with designations Dahi, and Yoghurt if the product complies with the relevant provisions of Standard specified for these products.

“Provided further that in case of fermented products complying with the relevant provisions of Dahi, any other designation (prevalent regional common name) may be used together with the term ‘dahi’ in brackets on the label,” reads the amended notification.

These amendments shall come into force on August 1, 2023, the notification added