TheFood Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will conclude the labelling standards on packaged food products in the next 2-3 months and is open to make changes in the draft rules to address the industry’s concern. Last month, it had issued a draft of Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2018 and sought comments from stakeholders.
The regulator has proposed making it mandatory to display red colour-coding on front of the pack of food products that have high-fat, high-sugar and high-salt content levels.
FSSAI CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal said they are studying the model used in foreign countries like Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and the US, for colour coding display on the packaged food item, as they are aware of the industry’s concern related to colour coding.
He also added that the labelling on packaged food items with 5 per cent or more GE ingredients will bring clarity. All food products having total Genetically Engineered (GE) ingredients 5 per cent or more shall be labelled, the draft said.
“Imported GM food is coming to India. It is in form of soya products and edible oils. In case of oils, traces of GM are negligible. So, there will be no labelling,” he added.
FSSAI is targeting to make the country free from trans-fat by 2022 and has launched an initiative to promote safe and nutritious food (SNF) at workplace to deal with the alarming increase in obesity and NCDs (Non-Communicable Diseases) like diabetes and hypertension.The FSSAI had earlier similar initiatives for school and home.
The resource book for this initiative ‘The Orange Book: Your Guide to Safe and Nutritious Food at the Workplace’ was launched that highlights the role to be played by key stakeholders such as the administration, canteen establishment and the employees in ensuring safe and nutritious food at the workplace.
To create a self-propelling and sustainable ecosystem, a systematic framework of FSSAI-trained resource persons, health & wellness coordinators and food safety supervisors for every workplace has been enabled.