Now the FSSAI has decided that the said regulation shall come into force from July 1, 2022.
The regulation specifies the limit of Calcium and Magnesium for packaged drinking water and the timeline for the compliance with the provision related to the limits of Calcium and Magnesium specified in the standards of Packaged Drinking Water (other than Mineral Water) was set to be implemented from January 1, 2022.
The regulation prescribes that the Characteristic Permissible Limit for Calcium (as Ca) is set at 20 to 75 mg/l, and for Magnesium (as Mg), 10 to 30, mg/l.
According to the FSSAI, it was in receipt of representation from the stakeholders asking for further extension of the timeline for compliance with the provisions.
Also, FSSAI admitted that the matter related to the limit of Calcium and Magnesium was still under consideration of the Scientific Panel on Water and Beverages.
“After due consideration, it has been decided to further extend the timeline for compliance in respect of the limits of Calcium and Magnesium specified in the standards of Packaged Drinking Water (other than Mineral Water) up to 1st July, 2022,” reads the order issued by the FSSAI.
Earlier, the timeline for compliance of this regulation was July 1, 2020, and subsequently extended till Jan 1, 2021.