On December 03, 2012, The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) issued a statutory advisory specifying use of stearic acid as lubricant in sugar-based/sugar-free confections.
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FSSAI advisory for use of stearic acid
FAIRS Subject Report
On December 03, 2012, The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) issued a statutory
advisory specifying use of stearic acid as lubricant in sugar-based/sugar-free confections, lozenges, and
chewing gum/bubble gum. The advisory states that Prevention of Food Adulteration Rule, 1955
standards will apply for such products till necessary a notification or amendment is issued under the
Food Safety and Standards regulations.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India recently published a statutory advisory specifying
that FSSAI inadvertently missed the use of stearic acid as lubricant in sugar-based/sugar-free
confections, lozenges, and chewing gum/bubble gum in Appendix A, table 13 of the Food Safety and
Standards (Food products standards and Food Additives), Regulation, 2011. As per FSSAI’s order of
July 24, 2012, in the event of any variance in standards for the aforementioned products between FSS
regulations and earlier Prevention of Food Adulteration (PFA) Rules, 1955, the earlier PFA standards
The advisory states that specific enforcement or prosecution may not be launched against the use of
stearic acid in the above mentioned products within the prescribed limit till a necessary notification or
amendment is issued under FSS regulations.
The statutory advisory can be accessed from the following link:
Use of Stearic Acid as lubricant in sugar based/ sugar free confectionary, lozenges, and chewing gum/
bubble gum (http://www.fssai.gov.in/Portals/0/Pdf/Advisory(03-12-2012).pdf)
Products Affected: Sugar-based/sugar-free confections, lozenges, and chewing gum/bubble gum
Agency in Charge: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this report was retrieved from the following Government
of India website www.fassai.gov.in . The U.S. Government makes no claim of accuracy or authenticity.