FSSAI Introduces a Food Categorization System

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Posted on: 19 Jun 2012

On May 11, 2012, The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) introduced a Food Categorization System (FCS) for all food products covered by the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Voluntary Public - Date: 5/30/2012 GAIN Report Number: IN2073 India Post: New Delhi FSSAI Introduces a Food Categorization System Report Categories: Exporter Guide Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety FAIRS Subject Report Product Brief Approved By: David Leishman Prepared By: Ritambhara Singh Report Highlights: On May 11, 2012, The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) introduced a Food Categorization System (FCS) for all food products covered by the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011. Under the proposed FCS, the FSSAI has classified food products into categories and sub categories, with distinct codes. Some proprietary products are also included. The coding system is based on the Codex structure to promote consistency between domestic and international food standards. It has not been notified to the WTO. General Information: On May 11, 2012, The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) introduced a Food Categorization System (FCS) for all food products covered under Chapter two of the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011. Under the proposed FCS, the FSSAI has classified food products into categories and sub categories, with distinct codes. Some proprietary products are also included. The coding system is based on the Codex structure to promote consistency between domestic and international food standards. It has not been notified to the WTO. The Authority has invited comments from stakeholders on the FCS. The comments must be sent (by post or e-mail) to the following address: Dr. D. S. Yadav Director (Enforcement II) FDA Bhawan near Bal Bhavan, Kotla Road, New Delhi - 110002 India Email: dsyadav@fssai.gov.in The Food Categorization System along with Food Codes for various food products is available on the FSSAI’s website. It can be also accessed through the following links: Letter from FSSAI introducing Food Categorization System Food Codes Advantages of Food Categorization System: 1. It is based on codex structure which is internationally recognized. CODEX standards are accepted by a large number of countries. 2. FCS will provide a scientific basis to the Indian food laws, improving product quality for Indian consumers and International consumers of Indian food. 3. The harmonization with other global regulations will promote and facilitate international trade. 4. CODEX standards are basis for resolution of WTO trade disputes. Food categorization System: India vis-à-vis the EU FCS and Codex FCS Following table provides categorical comparison of FSSAI’s proposed Food Classification System with EU and CODEX Food Classification Systems. Food categorization System: India vis-à-vis the EU FCS and Codex FCS Category India Food Classification EU Food Codex Food code System (proposed by FSSAI) Categorization Categorization System System 1.0 Dairy products and analogues, Dairy products and Dairy products, excluding excluding products of food analogues products of category 02.0 category 02.0 2.0 Fats and oils, and fat emulsions Fats and oils and fat Fats and oils, and fat and oil emulsions emulsions (type water-in- oil) 3.0 Edible ices, including sorbet Edible ices Edible ices, including sherbet and sorbet 4.0 Fruits and vegetables Fruit and vegetables Fruits and vegetables (including mushrooms and (including mushrooms fungi, roots and tubers, fresh and fungi, roots and pulses and legumes, and aloe tubers, pulses and vera), seaweeds, and nuts and legumes, aloe vera), seeds seaweeds, and nuts and seeds 5.0 Confectionery Confectionery Confectionery 6.0 Cereals and cereal products, Cereals and cereal Cereals and cereal derived from cereal grains, products products, including flours from roots and tubers, pulses, and starches from roots legumes (fresh pulses and and tubers, pulses and legumes are covered in legumes, excluding category 4.2) and pith or soft bakery wares of food core of palm tree, excluding category 07.0 bakery wares of food category 07.0 7.0 Bakery products Bakery wares Bakery wares 8.0 Meat and meat products, Meat Meat and meat products, including poultry and game including poultry and game 9.0 Fish and fish products, Fish and fisheries Fish and fish products, including molluscs, products including molluscs, crustaceans, and echinoderms crustaceans, and echinoderms 10.0 Eggs and egg products Egg and egg products Eggs and egg products 11.0 Sweeteners, including honey Sugars, syrups, honey Sweeteners, including and table-top honey sweeteners 12.0 Salts, spices, soups, sauces, Salts, spices, soups, Salts, spices, soups, salads and protein products sauces, salads and sauces, salads, protein protein products products 13.0 Foodstuffs intended for Foods for particular Foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses nutritional uses as particular nutritional uses defined by Directive 2009/39/EG 14.0 Beverages, excluding dairy Beverages Beverages, excluding products dairy products 15.0 Ready-to-eat savories Ready-to eat savories Ready-to-eat savouries and snacks 16.0 Prepared Foods Desserts, excluding Composite foods (e.g., products covered in casseroles, meat pies, categories 1, 3 and 4 mincemeat) - foods that could not be placed in categories 01 - 15 17.0 Not classified Foods supplements as Not classified defined in Directive 2002/46/EG, excluding food supplements for infants and young children 18.0 Not classified Processed foods not Not classified covered by categories 1 - 17, excluding foods for infants and young children 17.0 Products not covered into Not classified Not classified category 1-17 99.0 Substances added to food Not classified Not classified Source: Food Codes, FSSAI EU FCS Codex FCS 17-3/ENF/FSSAI/2011 Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (Ministry of Health & Family Welfare) FDA Bhawan, Kotla Road New Delhi-110002 To, Dated: 10.05.2012 All Commissioner of Food Safety for States/UTs Subject: Categorization of food products & development of Food Codes-reg. Food Safety & Standards Authority of India has developed Categorization of food products & Food Codes for all the products as covered under Chapter 2 of Food Safety & Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 including some proprietary items. A table has been prepared clarifying the items covered under Central/State Licensing and registration. In order to cover all food items & modification (if any), suggestions are being invited up to 20.05.2012 by 5.00 PM. All suggestions may be sent to Dr. D.S.Yadav, Deputy Director (E-II) AT the following address or e mail address: Yours faithfully, (Dr D.S.Yadav) Deputy Director (Enf-II) Copy to: 1. All Directors, FSSAI 2. All Central DOs/Authorised Officers 3. All Deputy Directors 4. on website for wider circulation & consultation 5. National Institute of Smart Government (NISG)
Posted: 19 June 2012

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