November 28, 2011
A delegation from International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplements Association (IADSA), Belgium, along with the bureau of HADSA (Health Foods and Dietary Supplements Association) visited Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on November 22, 2011.
The IADSA is the leading international expert association dealing with the globalisation of food supplement markets and increasing regulatory challenges. The IADSA aims to build an international platform for debate and sound legislative and political environment for the development of the food supplement sector worldwide.
Given that the regulatory bodies and the industry association face challenges requiring scientific solution, due to globally increasing food supplements, Simon Pettman, executive director, IADSA, expressed alliance with regulators, scientists, industrialists and technical experts across the world on issues and policies related to food supplementation.
He also discussed the scientific forum held in different countries on the challenging issues in the scientific regulatory interface regarding nutrition and supplementation and informed that the next such meeting would be held in India.
V N Gaur, CEO, FSSAI, shared that the FSSAI was in the process of developing regulation for novel foods, functional foods and food supplements which will be released for public consultation after its approval by the Authority.
Gaur observed that food supplements can combat malnutrition if it is affordable and freely available. Hence there is a need for more and better intake data; targeted research; the importance of risk assessment; the risk of over consumption; assurance of safety and enough scientific evidence should be documented. He also sought industry cooperation in checking the practice by some members of migrating drugs to food supplements category by making minor changes and hiking price. He emphasised that the responsibility of safety of the food lies with the Food Business Operators (FBOs).
Source: FnB News