FSSAI Scientific Panel Put Guidelines: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has put forward some guidelines and recommendations that fluoride, potato protein, willow bark extract, lemon balm and pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) must not be used in any food product as they are unsafe for human consumption. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is an organisation responsible for ensuring that the food sold in the country is safe for consumers.
FSSAI has put some recommendations on the products which contains the above materials. But during 2013, it has given permission to make a dangerous energy drink which was banned in 2015 after selling the product for an year and half. But the product was not taken out of market. This made it look so low and now it has put some serious guidelines beside a report showing that by 2025, Indians are expected to eat processed food valued at Rs 72 trillion annually.
According to the reports from Deccan Chronicle, the FSSAI has put the recommendations based on the functioning of the substance on Human body which is explained in following way. Fluoride is found in foods that contain water. Untreated water has a high fluoride content which is residue from agriculture and industrial waste. The food processing industries that use this water have been told to test the level of fluoride in the water before use.
Potato protein isolate is a protein which is extracted from the potato. It has replaced animal protein in the food processing industry to suit vegetarian tastes. It gives a feeling of fullness.
The FSSAI says willow bark is nothing but aspirin. Its excessive use in tea powder and herbal products can cause thinning of the blood and in some cases sudden death.
Pyrroloquinoline quinine (PQQ) is a compound. It is found naturally in soil and also foods such as kiwi fruit and in human breast milk. FSSAI states that it must not be used as its safety parameters have not been identified.
Lemon balm is a herb of the mint family and has been used for centuries. It is used in herbal teas, ice-creams, ready-to-eat fish foods, health foods and supplements, and mixtures in wines. It is found to cause drowsiness, excessive sleep, cognitive decline and also withdrawal symptoms.
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