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FSSAI calls for visible labelling of packaged foods

REUTERS
Published : Jun 27, 2019, 12:11 pm IST
Updated : Jun 27, 2019, 12:12 pm IST

India has been planning rules requiring food manufacturers to display fat, sugar and salt content on their labels.

Currently, most of the packaged food companies print nutrition details of the contents, including their recommended daily values, at the back of the package. (Photo: File | PTI)
 Currently, most of the packaged food companies print nutrition details of the contents, including their recommended daily values, at the back of the package. (Photo: File | PTI)

Benagluru: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued draft regulations aiming to mandate packaged food companies to label high fat, sugar and salt contents in the front of the package itself in red colour.

Alarmed by rising rates of obesity and diabetes, India has been planning rules from as early as two years ago, requiring food manufacturers to display fat, sugar and salt content on their labels and was also considering a nationwide “fat tax” on so-called “junk food”.

The food labels will also declare, per serve percentage contribution to RDA (recommended dietary allowance) on the front of the pack, the FSSAI said in a statement dated June 25.

The Economic Times newspaper earlier reported the move and said the food industry has expressed concerns over the proposed changes.

Currently, most of the packaged food companies print nutrition details of the contents, including their recommended daily values, at the back of the package.

The president of the All India Food Processors’ Association (AIFPA), Subodh Jindal, told ET that the proposed FSSAI regulations were neither scientific nor practical.

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