Warning Labels Compulsory on Fast Food (Download PDF)

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To help consumers make an informed choice, FSSAI has decided to revise its labelling regulation making it mandatory to declare total fat, added sugar, salt, trans fat and energy per serving along with its contribution to Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) on front of pack label.

Image of food warning labels

Image of Food Warning Labels

Image of food warning labels

Background

  • To address the issue of High Fat, Sugar and Salt (HFSS) in food and associated health risks, the FSSAI had constituted a group.

  • Experts felt that “warning labels” are needed

  1. To make consumers aware about the food product

  2. To encourage them to make healthier food choices

Requirements from the Label

  • The labels should be highlighted with a distinct colour to immediately catch the consumer’s attention

  • The label should be easily interpreted by illiterate people.

Problem with the Current Labels

  • The labels are not legible

  • The labels provide selective information about foods.

  • No provision for warning labels in current Indian regulations.

What are warning labels?

  • Warning labels typically declare high content of certain nutrients (mostly salt, sugar, fat and may also be about allergens).

  • Warning labels are mostly provided to discourage consumption of foods high in salt, sugar, fat and calories among populations due to their linkages with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) and obesity risks.

What is FSSAI?

  • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.

  • The FSSAI has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

  • FSSAI is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.

What is Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006?

  • Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 is a consolidating statute related to food safety and regulation in India

- Published/Last Modified on: February 7, 2018

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