Protein Binders Not Permitted: FSSAI
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) clarified that addition of protein binders in milk and milk products are not permitted.
- This clarification came at a time when certain players are adding protein binders to offer thicker texture in dairy products such as curd.
- Protein binders are biological agents have emerged as an important and required class of ingredients to manufacture a wide range of new food products, especially semi-solid or solid foods.
- These are known to affect the digestibility of the protein bound and thus can affect the biological and nutritive value of milk proteins.
- Protein binding also influences the bioavailability and distribution of active compounds.
- Milk protein is a good source of essential amino acids.
- They are easily digestible and do not contain any anti-nutritional factors like many plant-based proteins.
- It is a statutory body established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (FSS Act).
- FSS Act, of 2006 consolidated various acts & orders that had earlier handled food-related issues in various Ministries and Departments.