Recipe is the core of any food business, and it forms a major distinction between brands. That said, I see brand owners, including importers, often find it very difficult in categorising the recipes when compared against the rules. This complexity is even true for standard products (like chocolates, beverages, etc.) because the reviewer has to match the additives (preservatives, emulsifiers), which are exhaustive.
|FSSAI classification of food products|
With regards to novel, products are those with ingredients out of FSSAI approved database, and hence such ingredients require an approval from the scientific panel. Even, this approval mechanism also covers novel processes in manufacturing foods. Such products require prior approval before launching into the market.
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