The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has decided to check the caffeine standards in energy and caffeinated drinks henceforth. The Indian food safety regulator is seeking an agency that will study the changing consumption patterns across the country.
Energy and caffeinated beverages are non-alcoholic drinks that contain guarana, caffeine, taurine, glucuronalactone, inositol, ginseng, B vitamins, and carnitinea among others. These main ingredients act as stimulants in beverages.
A senior official with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India said that the consumption of energy and caffeinated beverages in India has presented an upward trend over the past several years. The official added that the FSSAI aims to review the standards of caffeine in these beverages after a lengthy study on the consumption habits of the younger population in the nation.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India will assess the consumption of caffeine and other stimulating ingredients in these beverages after a thorough and detailed study has been conducted, the official further stated.
The Indian food safety regulator is seeking expressions of interest for the appointment of an appropriate agency that will conduct this study. The expressions of interest need to be submitted by the end of this month, along with financial as well as technical bids. The bids will have a validity of three months starting from the date of submission.
The victorious bidder will be selected by August 25, 2015, and will be required to finish the proposed study and submit the final report by the end of this November, the FSSAI official stated.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India lays down standards for food items based on science and regulates details of their production, storage, sale, distribution, and sale in order to make sure that safe food is available for human consumption.