India adds Vitamin D to milk

Within the next four months, the Food Safety and Standards Authority India (FSSAI) will require large-scale manufacturers and producers to begin fortifying edible oil and milk with vitamins A and D, the Ingredients Network reports.

Foods that will be fortified under this new law are required to maintain a range of the specified nutrient that is between 30% and 50% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). These new regulations will not apply to small businesses such as farmers selling direct-to-consumer, according to the FSSAI.

Currently in India, the fortification of foods served in the country’s public food distribution systems such as schools or governmental food assistance programmes is required, according to government regulations. While this has been the standard for government-provided food since 2018, the private sector has only begun to follow suit and provide fortification to certain products.

The FSSAI will begin providing a F+ certification to brands to encourage further implementation. Qualifying brands that are eligible for an F+ license may also petition the FSSAI for a packaging logo to signal the additions to consumers.

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