The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India seem to have got into active mode ever since the media cracked onto the Nestle Maggi row. In a recent development, FSSAI has set 12,000 (twelve thousand) standards for food additives and ingredients.
These standards have been set in line with the global standard for product approval Codex. The setting of these standards are supposed to make product approval process more swift, compared to the old lengthy process.
Before this new development, there were only 375 food standards, and NONE were regarding additives and ingredients.
An article in The Times of India :
“FSSAI has approved 12,000 standards for food additives and ingredients. The Law Ministry is vetting the standards and a notification will be issued soon,” a senior health ministry official said.
FSSAI has stepped up measures to strengthen the quality standards for food products. It is reviewing the existing standards set for caffeine content, metal and toxic contaminants and other residues in the food products. The regulator is also in the process of setting standards for imported food items to ensure safe products are sold in the domestic market.
It is noticeable that FSSAI has been quite active in strengthening the food safety norms in India, trying to set levels at par with International levels, which is in best interest of the consumers. But the question is, why did we have to wait for a controversy as large as Nestle Maggi, for the food safety wing of our country to ensure safer food?