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From Whole to Multi Grain, Why Government Wants to Regulate the Production of All Breads

Lawstreet Journal 15 Sep 2021 8:05pm

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The humble everyday bread has undergone a transformation. What entire generations had only known in its pristine white form is now available in a dizzying array of colours and textures. Whole wheat, multi grain, garlic, honey, brown, and many other varieties of the breakfast staple can now be found in any grocer's or supermarket. However, with increased variety comes increased confusion, which is why Indian authorities are considering minimum standards for all breads.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), India's central watchdog, has shared draught regulations with the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for regulating the quality of specialty breads, which are breads that have been enhanced for nutrition or taste.

The draught, obtained by, establishes minimum standards for whole wheat, brown, white, multi grain, and 14 specialty breads such as garlic, egg, oatmeal, milk, and cheese breads. The goal of establishing standards for these breads is to ensure that customers know what to expect when they purchase a specialty bread.

According to the proposed guidelines, there should be a minimum quantifiable level at which a "specialty ingredient" can be used. Further, it must be present in the aforementioned specialty bread if  a prefix is added to the term ‘bread' on the label, the specialty ingredient must be present.

What makes such standards necessary? 

FSSAI mentioned the "rising need for food safety in the sector" and "trends in baking... towards lighter, healthier products, and those containing allergen-free, organic, and whole-grain ingredients" in its 2017… Continue Reading...

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