Through a notice dated 15 May 2017, the FSSAI has updated the norms for chocolates and has incorporated the guidelines for two new kinds of chocolate classifications. These changes will be known as the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Fourth Amendment Regulations, 2017. In any case, FBOs are obliged to follow these corrections simply by 1 January 2018.
FSSAI has overhauled the norms for the utilization of vegetable fat in chocolates. In the current norms, the utilization of vegetable fats was not allowed in chocolates except for cocoa margarine. FSSAI has now allowed the utilization of other vegetable fats, other than cocoa spread in chocolates with regards to global practices and CODEX. The utilization of vegetable fat should not surpass the constraint of 5% in the completed item. The FBOs should recommend the wellspring of the vegetable fat for use in chocolates as is given in the guideline.
Further, the FSSAI has determined that the mark assertion should make reference to the amount of vegetable fat utilized in the chocolate.
On account of chocolates that contain vegetable fats other than cocoa margarine, there is a requirement for the accompanying mark presentation in strong
Non–lauric vegetable fats, which are wealthy in balanced monounsaturated fatty oils of the kind POP (palmitic corrosive - oleic corrosive palmitic corrosive), POSt (palmitic corrosive - oleic corrosive stearic corrosive), and StOSt (stearic corrosive - oleic corrosive stearic corrosive)
Miscible in any extent with cocoa margarine and are viable with its actual properties (softening point and crystallization temperature, dissolving rate, need for hardening stage)
Acquired by the way toward refining and/or fractionation, which bars enzymatic adjustment of the fatty oil structure and in similarity with the above norm
Chocolates may contain at least one of the accompanying substances specifically
- palatable salts
- spices and condiments and their extracts
- vitamins and minerals
- permitted emulsifying and stabilizing agents
- permitted sequestering and buffering agents