India

FSSAI extends amnesty for trans fat licences

By RJ Whitehead

- Last updated on GMT

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India’s food regulator has extended the deadline for companies to comply to its notification on the maximum limit of trans fatty acids. 

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued a notification last May which set the compliance date for trans fat limits, as well as label declarations for class titles, trans fat content and saturated fats, for February 27.

The aim of the policy was to restrict the quantity of saturated fats to a maximum of 5% in foods.

Influenced by calls from industry lobbies to extend the deadline for compliance, the FSSAI has has advised its officers not to take punitive action, as long as any saturated fat and trans fat values are found to be below the values declared on labels.

The extension will apply to vegetable oils and fats, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, edible fats, margarine and fat spreads, among other items.

Related topics: Policy, Food safety, South Asia

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