Regulatory review: Sports nutrition in Australia, mandatory fortification in India and more

By Tingmin Koe

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The recent regulatory developments include how some sports nutrition products in Australia need to be regulated as therapeutic goods. ©Getty Images
The recent regulatory developments include how some sports nutrition products in Australia need to be regulated as therapeutic goods. ©Getty Images

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In this round-up, we look at the new regulatory developments across APAC, including the new sports nutrition regulation in Australia, mandatory fortification for edible oil and milk in India, and more.
Over-regulation? Australian trade body slams new sports nutrition rule as a costly hurdle

Australia’s supplements industry body has described the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) decision to class certain sports nutrition products as listed products as an over-regulation​, adding that this will result in higher production costs which will hit consumers.

The TGA announced​ that sports supplements will be regulated as therapeutic goods so long as they make therapeutic claims and/or contain higher-risk ingredients and/or come in tablets, capsules, pills form.

Examples of therapeutic claims include gaining muscle, increasing mental focus, increasing metabolism, increasing testosterone levels, preparing for workout, and recovering from workout.

New gummy and powder opportunities in China: Regulator proposes new formats under faster ‘filing track’ system

The Chinese authorities have put forward a proposal​ to allow ‘low-risk’ health foods to be made in gummy and powder formats.

The ‘low-risk’ health foods refer to products which are made using vitamins and minerals as the raw materials.

At present, vitamins and minerals can only be made in tablet, hard capsule, soft capsule, oral liquid or granule dosage formats.

Mandatory fortification in India: Regulation set to compel firms to fortify edible oil and milk - FSSAI exclusive

The Food Safety and Standards Authority India (FSSAI) has revealed plans to make fortification mandatory for edible oil and milk over the next few months, in addition to intensifying its focus on local staples such as rice, wheat and salt.

According to FSSAI Director (Food Fortification Resource Centre/FFRC) Inoshi Sharma, the mandatory regulations will apply to all food and beverage companies dealing in edible oil and milk within India’s organised food sector.

“At present it is not mandatory to fortify these foods, but we will be issuing regulations in about three or four months that will make it compulsory for all edible oil and milk from any manufacturer in the open market to be fortified,”​ Sharma told FoodNavigator-Asia​.

Opportunity or a barrier? CBD supplements for general sale unlikely to go on shelves in Australia soon 

CBD supplements for general sale are unlikely to be on the shelves in Australia any time soon, despite the country’s regulator ruling to down schedule the product.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced its interim decision​ to down-schedule CBD to a schedule 3 substance on Sep 9.

This was after a-month-long public consultation held between April and May this year.

One-year policy: South Korea requires all krill oil imports to be ‘proven safe’

The South Korean authorities has introduced a one-year long policy​ which requires all imported Antarctic krill products, including supplements, to be proven safe before they can be successfully imported into the country.

The policy started on September 1, 2020 and runs untilAugust 31 next year, said the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS). ​  

The regulator is particularly keeping tabs on ethoxyquine – a synthetic antioxidant used as a preservative – as well as the presence of five types of solvents in the Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba​) products. 

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