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FSSAI implements news labelling and display regulation making it compulsory to add red colour indicator on high-fat, sugar, and salt food

FSSAI implements news labelling and display regulation making it compulsory to add red colour indicator on high-fat, sugar, and salt food

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has implemented a new labelling and display regulations. As per this, it is now compulsory for manufacturers in the food industry to add red-colour coding in front of the pack of packaged food items that are high in fat, sugar, and salt content. It shall soon put out the draft notification for public comments.

The food regulatory body has made it mandatory for FBOs (Food Business Operators) to follow the new labelling and display regulation. These regulations will replace the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011. The new colour-coding would be implemented in a phased manner for the next three years.

The earlier draft had asked FBOs to print the colour coding in traffic light format, to highlight the content of fat, salt, and sugar, as per the limit fixed by FSSAI. And if it exceeds the limit, it must be indicated red.

“The idea behind the new labelling regulations is to enable citizens to know more about the composition of food products so that they can make informed choices,”said FSSAI’s spokesperson.

As per the new proposed draft, food manufacturers must display the nutritional value such as calories, fat contents (both saturated and trans), added sugar, sodium, etc. on the front of the pack. The food labels will also mention RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) levels per serving on the packet’s front.

The new regulation also proposes that the date of manufacturing and expiry day must be at one place to make it easy for consumers to notice at once. Basically, all the mandatory labelling requirementsmust be included like information relating to allergens, nutritional values, the logo of veg and non-veg, and also an ‘X’ symbol in case it is a non-food grade item.

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