On Jul. 23, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) reiterated its ban on the use of Heme Iron as a food nutritional fortification additive. The original ban was stipulated in the official document F.No.VIP Reference/Fortification/2017-FSSAI dated 31st May, 2017.
In 2017, FSSAI released the document File No. VIP Reference/Foritifcation/2017-FSSAl restricting the use of Heme Iron additives as a source of iron. In this recent announcement, FSSAI aims to clarify the second paragraph of the official document:
“Heme Iron shall not be permitted as a source of iron for the purpose of food fortification in the food articles specified under the extant operationalized FSS (Fortification of Foods) Regulation, 2018.”
On Jul. 27, FSSAI permitted the use of nutritional fortification logo (see picture below) with stickers on the existing labels for milk fortified with Vitamin A or Vitamin D until Dec. 31, 2018 in its document File No.1/Milk/FFRC/Foritification/FSSAI-2017.