FSSAI : B Sesikeran Committee

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has constituted three-member committee to look into draft food labelling and display regulations-Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations 2018.

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Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations 2018

  • FSSAI had released draft Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations 2018 in April 2018.
  • It had proposed mandatory red-label marking on such packaged food products which are high in fat, sugar and salt contents.
  • The front-of-the-pack red label mark was aimed to make consumers more aware about healthy and unhealthy food products.
  • But, Union Health Ministry had put on hold on the draft regulations, after industry stakeholders had expressed concerns, citing that it may have an adverse impact on evolving packaged food industry.
  • So to address their concerns, FSSAI has decided to set up committee of experts with health and nutrition background to look into t draft regulations.

 

Significance

  • India can learn from best practices from the other countries such as Denmark, Norway and Singapore on labelling and trans-fat regulations.
  • Consultation process started by FSSAI is seen as an attempt to begin dialogue among stakeholders on proposed draft labelling regulations.
  • Moreover, recently, several companies had pledged to FSSAI’s Eat Right Movement and have made voluntary commitments to reduce salt, sugar and fat in their products.
  • FSSAI in future is likely to push more and more companies to make similar voluntary commitments.