June 26, 2018
To control the growing epidemic of heart disease and cardiovascular deaths on-profit Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International) has advised FSSAI to introduce mandatory front-of-package warning labels on foods and beverages
This because excessive consumption of foods and beverages high in trans-fat, sodium, added sugar and saturated fat is a major cause of heart disease, stroke and premature death in India and front-of-package warning labels would increase consumer knowledge about healthy food choices and help to decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
It is very important that consumers should have the right information to be able to make informed decisions about what they eat.Mandatory front-of-package warning labels are considered by governments around the globe as an effective and evidence-based way to improve diets.
Around 28 international health and nutrition experts have jointly submitted suggestions on the proposed requirements for the labelling of pre-packaged foods on the draft ‘Food Safety and Standards (Labeling and Display) Regulations, 2018’ of the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI).
George Cheriyan, Director of CUTS International, said it was an opportunity for India to join a growing list of countries that have taken decisive steps to prevent disease and save lives.