Regulations for ‘Ayurveda Aahara’ products

Ministry of Ayush and Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has formulated regulations of safety & quality standards for food products under the ‘Ayurveda Aahara’ category. This comprehensive initiative will ensure the manufacturing of quality Ayurveda food products and help in expanding the international market for Make-In-India products.

Utility: UPSC, JPSC, BPSC Prelims & Mains
Section: Polity (Governance)

Key Points

  • The Ministry of Ayush is confident these regulations will further strengthen India’s global positioning as a custodian of the Ayush system. 
  • According to the regulation, manufacturing, and marketing of ‘Ayurveda Aahara’ products will now adhere to strict Food Safety and Standards (Ayurveda Aahara) Regulations, 2022 rules.
  • These products will now be available in the market only after license/approval from FSSAI.
  • A special logo has been created for the “Ayurveda Aahara” category, which will enable easier identification and reinforce the quality of Ayurveda food products. 
  • According to the regulations, all food prepared in accordance with the recipes/ingredients/processes described in the authoritative books of Ayurveda will be considered as “Ayurveda Aahara”.
  • Food recipes and ingredients for promoting health, specific physiological needs, and foods specified for consumption during or post specified diseases, and disorders referred to as Pathya in Ayurved are covered under these regulations.
  • However, ‘Ayurveda Aahara’ will not include Ayurvedic drugs or proprietary Ayurvedic medicines.
  • Further, Ayurveda Aahara is also not recommended to young children below age 2 years.
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