Brazil: ANVISA grants millet authorization for use in human food

Published Jun 10, 2021

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The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) authorized that millet grains can be consumed by Brazilians, being classified as a new integral ingredient, which may, from 2022, be used in food production. The Collegiate Board Resolution (RDC) 493/2021 regulates the labeling of whole foods of commercialized products, a standard that did not yet exist in Brazil. Today, millet is cultivated on 5 million hectares and produced for around 50 years in the country.

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Basically used as a crop for soil cover, crop rotation, a factor for increasing soybean productivity and animal feed, with this RDC the perspective is that millet will gain market value. “It is a culture that is still underestimated in Brazil”, explains researcher, Master and Doctor in Food Science and Technology, Amanda Dias Martins. "With the entry into force of the new legislation in 2022, the added value of millet grains tends to increase, with an appreciation in the market, in addition to an increase in profitability in the field", he explains. labeling criteria A millet researcher, Amanda has been following since 2016 discussions on the labeling and qualification criteria for products to be considered integral, setting minimum characteristics. From April to June 2020, Anvisa opened Public Consultation (CP) for contributions to the draft of the normative act. However, among the proposals for whole grains that could be considered in the composition of foods, millet cereal was ...
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