The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a notice permitting the abeyance of enforcement in labelling requirements of fermented milk products. This notice dated 12th July, 2023 was published on 13th July, 2023.
It may be recalled that as per Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) First Amendment Regulations, 2023, the name “Fermented Milk” on the label of the product, could be replaced with designations Dahi, and Yoghurt if the product complies with the relevant provisions of this Standard. Further, it was also stated that in case of fermented products complying with the relevant provisions of Dahi, any other designation (prevalent regional common name) may be used together with the term “dahi” in brackets on the label.”
The enforcement of these provisions was set to come into force on 1st August, 2023. However, the FSSAI has stated that it has received representations from various stakeholders on the use of the term dahi. FSSAI is currently considering these representations and therefore has decided to keep the enforcement of these provisions in abeyance until further orders.