1. FSSAI sternly warns against selling human milk and its derivatives, citing prohibition in India.
2. The authority responds to registered societies’ concerns, clarifying that processing and selling human milk are not allowed.
3. Violations may result in actions under the FSS Act, 2006, and its regulations.

New Delhi, May 26: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a firm warning against the sale of human milk and its derivatives, emphasizing that commercializing mother’s milk is prohibited in the country.

In response to concerns raised by various registered societies, FSSAI clarified that the processing and sale of human milk are not permitted under the FSS Act, 2006, and its associated regulations.

The advisory stressed the immediate cessation of all activities related to the commercialization of human milk and its products to comply with regulations. Violations could lead to regulatory action against food business operators (FBOs) under the FSS Act, 2006.

Additionally, FSSAI instructed licensing authorities to refrain from granting approval to units involved in the sale of human milk, ensuring strict adherence to regulations.

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Regarding the donation of human milk, national guidelines dictate that Donor Human Milk (DHM) cannot be utilized for commercial purposes. It should be exclusively provided to newborns and infants in health facilities equipped with Comprehensive Lactation Management Centres (CLMCs).

Furthermore, the donation of human breast milk must be voluntary and without any financial incentives for the donor.

The donated milk is intended to be administered free of charge to newborns and infants of other mothers in hospitals, in accordance with government regulations.