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GOVERNMENT OFINDIA

Ministry of Food Processing Industries

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1121
TO BE ANSWERED ON 8TH MARCH, 2010
Food Products and Energy Drinks

 

1121. SHRI RAJEEVCHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES be pleased to state:
(a)         whether it is a fact that a large number of food products and energy drinks are being sold in the country, without being governed by any food standards; and

(b)      if so, the steps Government proposes to take to bring in tighter safety and quality controls for the same?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES
(SHRI SUBODH KANT SAHAI)

((a) & (b): Food items like energy drinks fall in the category of proprietary food (non-standardised) defined in Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955 and have to comply with the requirement laid down in the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954 and Rules, 1955.

Setting standard for new food items, like energy drinks, and review of existing standards under Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955 is an ongoing process as a part of the mandate of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.