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NOTICE TO FOOD BUSINESS OPERATORS DEALING IN EDIBLE AND NON-EDIBLE ICE

                                                                                                            Panaji, May 23, 2018

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            Directorate of Food and Drugs Administration, (FDA) has informed to all the Food Business Operators, who are dealing in manufacturing of Edible ice and Non Edible that as per the Food Safety and |Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) food business operators (FBOs) across India should use blue food colour in the manufacturing of industrial ice to differentiate it from the edible ice.Edible ice should remain colourless. The order shall come into effect from June 2018.

            It is found that non- edible ice, which is made from non-potable water is used for preservation, storage and transportation of perishable food commodities and in some instance is misused by adding it directly into cold drinks, fresh fruit juice, sugarcane juice and such practice is hazardous and may lead to food contamination.

            Hence in the absence of any visible distinction between the edible and non-edible ice, FSSAI has decided that food colours Indigo Carmine and Brilliant Blue upto 10 parts million (ppm) must be used in production of non-edible ice blocks coming in contract with the food products during preservation, storage or transportation of food commodities, to give it a bluish look or appearance, so as to enable clear difference between the two.

            It is further informed that all the manufactures/vendors engaged in the production or use of edible or non-edible ice must ensure the visible distinction between the two by using food colour in non-edible ice by June 2018.

DI/NB/TSS/PN/SF/AN/2018/224

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