International Development News
Development News Edition

No red-labeling of food products high in fat, sugar and salt for now, FSSAI says

The government has put on hold the draft that proposes red-labeling of packaged food products containing high levels of fat, sugar, and salt, FSSAI CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal said today.


No red-labeling of food products high in fat, sugar and salt for now, FSSAI says
In April, food safety regulator FSSAI had come out with the draft of Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations 2018 that propose mandatory red-label marking on such packaged food products. (Image Credit: Twitter)

The government has put on hold the draft that proposes red-labeling of packaged food products containing high levels of fat, sugar, and salt, FSSAI CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal said today.

In April, food safety regulator FSSAI had come out with the draft of Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations 2018 that propose mandatory red-label marking on such packaged food products.

"Our pre-draft was ready and sent to the Health Ministry. Since there were concerns expressed by some stakeholders, we have kept it on hold for time being and a group of experts from health and nutrition background has been set up to look into the issue of labeling once again," Agarwal said.

He was addressing a national consultation on the draft regulation organized by the CUTS International.

The expert panel will be headed by B Sesikeran, former director of National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) as also the current director Hemalatha, besides doctor Nikhil Tandon, he said.

The labeling regulations have remained the major contentious issue in the food industry which sees it as an impediment to their sales.

Agarwal said the panel will study in detail the concerns of the industry and make recommendations, he added.

"Maybe a little bit of tweaking (to the draft regulations) is required. We are open to it without compromising the basic directions of the labeling regulations," Agarwal said.

Pitching for bringing in strong labeling norms at the earliest, the FSSAI CEO said it is difficult to ask consumers to change their eating habits as some eat mindlessly, while some cannot differentiate between healthy and unhealthy food products.

"In this situation, I feel we can make a dent if we can address it at the supply side by asking companies to adhere to the labeling norms," he added.

Agarwal also made it clear that Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will go ahead with the labeling norms even if there is no full consensus on the matter after the panel's suggestions.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

How music can help expectant mothers during pregnancy

Music provides pleasant ambience for all but its more important for expectant mothers as besides ensuring pleasant environment for them it also directly and indirectly influences the unborn babies. There are various scientific findings to c...

EdTech: A technical approach to flexible and cost-effective education

Its hight time for the world to go for innovative approaches like e-learning over traditional learning methods that need physical infrastructure, long-term planning, and huge investment. ...

Our school campaigns are our strongest ally: Joaquin Antuna, founder of Peace and Cooperation

Joaquin Antuna is the founder of Peace and Cooperation, a Spanish NGO which was nominated as peace messenger by the United Nations in 1986. Antuna is of very firm opinion that in order to have an incisive impact on the community we live in,...

'No escape from telephones', this 1953 prediction actually comes true

In 1953, a telephone company chief predicted that therell be no escape from telephones in the future....

Videos

Latest News

UPDATE 2-U.S. charges Chinese national with stealing trade secrets -Justice Dept

A Chinese national who worked for Monsanto before it was purchased by Bayer AG was charged in St. Louis, Missouri, on Thursday with stealing trade secrets for China, the U.S. Justice Department said.Haitao Xiang, 42, an employee of Monsanto...

MLB notebook: Astros’ investigation widens to 2018-19

The investigation of the Houston Astros alleged sign-stealing scandal has been extended beyond 2017 to include the 2018 and 2019 seasons, commissioner Rob Manfred disclosed Thursday. We are talking to people all over the industry, former em...

Bollywood, cricket two real stars of Afghanistan's relationship with India: Envoy

Bollywood and cricket are the two real stars of Afghanistans relationship with India, the war-torn countrys top diplomat in the United States said on Thursday, adding that the cultures of the two countries are deeply entwined. Lets face it,...

UPDATE 3-Colombian protests end with tear gas, curfew in city of Cali

Colombian unions, student groups, and other protesters marched on Thursday against rumored economic reform plans and amid rising discontent with the government of President Ivan Duque, while the city of Cali imposed a curfew from 7 p.m. Hun...

Give Feedback