FSSAI said that the amount of salt, sugar, saturated fat should be written in bold letters on packaged items, sought public opinion

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Saturday approved amendments to the nutritional information labelling on packaged foods. The total amount of salt, sugar and saturated fat in foods should be displayed in large font and bold letters.

The food regulator issued an official statement saying that it has ‘approved the proposal to display nutritional information about total sugar, salt and saturated fat in bold letters and in relatively increased font size on the labels of packaged foods.’ According to a Moneycontrol report, the decision regarding these changes was taken at the 44th meeting of the food authority, which was chaired by FSSAI chairperson Apurva Chandra.

The proposed changes will now be placed in the public domain and the regulator will invite recommendations and objections from the general public. “The amendment aims to empower consumers to better understand the nutritional value of the product they are consuming and make healthy decisions,” FSSAI said.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that this decision will not only help consumers to make healthier choices but will also help in controlling the growth of non-communicable diseases and promoting public health and well-being. The ministry said, “Prioritizing the development of clear and specific labeling requirements will help in the global effort to combat NCDs.” It is worth noting that the food regulator has been repeatedly issuing advisories to curb false and misleading claims.

This also includes a previous advisory issued to e-commerce websites to curb the use of the term ‘health drink’, as the phrase was not defined or standardised anywhere under the FSS Act 2006 or any regulation made under it. As per the proposed amendments, information about the percentage contribution to the recommended dietary allowances (RDA) of total sugar, saturated fat and sodium per serving will be included in bold letters in foods.

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