BIS proposes new requirements for labelling of fruit juices

Food firms will have to label packaged fruit juices as ‘sweetened fruit juices’ when the product has sugar or syrup as an ingredient, in response to a current specification by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), with a view to use its certification.

Depending on whether or not the product is within the class of fruit juice or focus, it must be labelled as both “sugar(s) added” after the fruit juice or combined fruit juice’s identify or use ‘Sweetened fruit juices’ if sugar is added to juices in quantity greater than 15g per kilo gram of juice, the specs mentioned. All these phrases have to be utilized in shut proximity to the identify so that they are often noticed simply by customers, it added.

“Indian Standard has been formulated as a single comprehensive standard covering all types of fruit juices, fruit purees, fruit nectars and related products to provide the necessary guidelines to manufacturers and consumers for maintaining quality control,” mentioned the specs that have been put in public area by the BIS for inviting feedback from the meals business and other stakeholders.

A meals business govt mentioned that while sure specs of BIS are in sync with the rules of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, these associated to labelling of sweeteners differ.

“There is a consolidation of food standards under the FSS Act, therefore, any other food standards create confusion,” Subodh Jindal, president, All India Food Processors’ Association (AIFPA), mentioned.

However, BIS mentioned its specs have thought of the present rules.“In the formulation of this standard, due consideration has been given to the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and rules framed thereunder and the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011. However, this standard is subject to the restrictions imposed under these, wherever applicable,” the doc mentioned.

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