The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has decided to do away with the regulations that prohibit the sale of pulses containing the incidental presence of khesari gram dal or any edible grain. Incidental presence means the presence of Khesari gram/Dal with other pulses. This 2% Khesari gram/dal is an acceptable presence levels which is non-harmful, feasible and non-discriminatory.
Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011 has prohibited Khesari gram/dal (Lathyrus Sativus) and its products due to health reasons that it could cause lathyrism a condition which could lead to paralysis of the lower body and even cause numbness in the limbs and spine. But subsequently, FSSAI received representation from state of Madhya Pradesh for allowing 2% of Khesari Dal.
Therefore, in the FSS (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Amendment Regulations 2020, in regulations 2.2 related to restriction on the use of certain ingredient, the FSSAI has decided to add, “Provided that pulses may contain incidental presence of khesari gram including other edible pulses/grains not more than 2% by mass.”
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