Policy - Food Safety and Standards (Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Food for Special Dietary Use, Food for Special Medical Purpose, Functional Food and Novel Food) Regulations, 2016

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Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
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Legislation relevant to nutrition


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4 Claims

(8) To claim ingredients, nutrient or nutritional, in respect of an article of food for enhanced function and disease risk reduction, regard shall be had to-
(i) claims that led to ingredients (nutrient or nutritional);
(ii) available scientific literature including official traditional texts and post market data or consumer studies or cohort or retroactive studies based on eating pattern and health benefits, epidemiological international and national data, and other well documented data;
(iii) consensual, congruent and concurrent validity studies;
(iv) health promotive and disease risk reduction based on proof from literature and human data of efficacy and safety of the nutrient;
(v) not only controlled clinical trials for efficacy and safety data; but also nutraepidemiological data;
(vi) qualified structure function claims for specific organ or function which are comprehensible to consumer;
(vii) prohibition of implied claims for curing disease or claims of drug like efficacy such as ‘Prevents bone fragility in post menopausal women’;
(viii) prohibition of implied cure for disease claims by the name of the product such as cancer cure or througha pictures, vignettes or symbols, namely, electrocardiogram tracing, lipid profile; and
(ix) for structure-function claims, a case-to-case basis consumer information for specific age or gender or vulnerable population.

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