Although, specifications for various classes were mentioned in the table including mixed standardized milk, FBOs should exercise caution in complying with the limits as specified independently in the table. For instance, if buffalo milk is being treated and packed by a business, then as per the table Minimum Milk fat and solids-not-fat shall be 6 & 9 percent respectively and accordingly the declarations on the labels are to be made i.e. buffalo milk
2. These standards would only be applicable at the points of sale
In the light of growing concerns among the consumers on the species of milk (A1, A2), these regulations would bring more clarity and transparency in the system. While specifying the name of the species on the milk packaging would open a pandora box and also create hardships for the industry (assuming FSSAI is seeking name of species in the notification and not the class). The reason being, unlike global regulators the Indian food agency doesn’t regulate the agriculture or farming sector (owing to inherent issues in the sector). As a result of this, the traceability to the species is challenging for both regulator as well as Industry. Further, currently there is no enough infrastructure to analyse & detect the exact nature of the species.
In conclusion, recently the Indian regulator proposed to include animal feed into the FSS Act purview and it is more likely that even farming and agricultural practices may also become part of these regulations
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