FSSAI notifies norms specifying stds for food supplements for sportspersons

FSSAI notifies norms specifying stds for food supplements for sportspersons
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The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued regulations outlining the requirements for food supplements for athletes. The regulations also describe a sportsperson as a person who participates in a variety of sports activities that have been certified by the Sports Authority of India, which is part of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India.

Furthermore, these requirements require that such products for athletes include a branding. The regulation specifies that a statement "FOR SPORTSPERSON ONLY" should be placed near the name of the food item, along with the words "Recommended to be used only under medical advice from a physician, certified dietician, or nutritionist" and the logo for the food item specially prepared for sportsperson.

It states that prohibited drugs declared by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) may not be added to any of the food items designated for athletes.

The proviso reads, "Food company operators must ensure that they review the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of prohibited substances, which is issued annually and is valid from January 1 each year."

The Food Business Operator must comply with the terms of the Food Safety and Standards (Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Food for Special Dietary Use, Food for Special Medical Purpose, Functional Food, and Novel Food) first Amendment Regulations, 2021, with effect from April 1, 2022.

The regulation also states that tablets, capsules, and syrups can be used as formats for presenting products where applicable, and that combinations of vitamins and minerals, as well as single vitamins and minerals, in dosage formats such as tablets, capsules, and syrups, at levels equal to or below one Recommended Dietary Allowance, are covered by these regulations.

Meanwhile, the FSSAI has released a draught of regulations to govern items used for specific goals such as weight loss.

Food for special medical purposes shall include food specially prepared for weight loss and intended as a total replacement of normal diet, according to the Food Safety and Standards (Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Food for Special Dietary Use, Food for Special Medical Purpose, Functional Foods, and Novel Foods) Amendment Regulations, 2021.

Foods designated for Special Diagnostic Purposes may likewise be used for Special Medical Purposes with the Authority's previous approval.

The draught states, "Food Business Operators requesting such authorisation shall obtain approval from the Authority in line with the Food Safety and Standards (Approval of non-specified food and food ingredients) Regulations, 2017."