The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in association with the Ministry of Ayush is exploring the prospect of setting standards for Ayurvedic Aahaar, traditional Ayurvedic foods, as a separate category.
Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI, informed that they are in discussions with the Ministry of Ayush to explore various possibilities and looking at whether there can be standards for Ayurvedic Aahaar as a separate category in the food supplements regulatory framework. These standards could either be part of food supplements and nutraceutical regulations or will explore a separate set of regulations for Ayurvedic Aahaar.
He added that this will help to grow this segment and increase international acceptability of such products.
FSSAI has already implemented in 2018 a comprehensive regulation that prescribes standards for food and health supplements, nutraceuticals, foods for special dietary uses, for special medical purpose and functional and novel food. The Schedule IV of this regulation specifies the permitted levels of plant or botanical ingredients in supplements and nutraceutical products.
The food safety regulator has been of the view that, given the long-standing tradition of Ayurveda foods in the country, this segment should come under the purview of the food safety regulator and such products should not make therapeutic claims.