FSSAI Approves Bold Nutritional Labelling for Packaged Food Items

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New Delhi, July 8, 2024 — The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has approved a significant amendment to the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2020. The new regulation mandates the display of nutritional information on Total Sugar, Salt, and Saturated Fat in bold letters and an increased font size on the labels of packaged food items.

The decision was taken during the 44th meeting of the Food Authority, chaired by FSSAI Chairperson Apurva Chandra. In a statement, the Union Health Ministry announced that this amendment aims to empower consumers by providing them with clearer and more accessible nutritional information, enabling them to make healthier food choices.

The Ministry emphasized that the draft notification for this amendment will soon be made public to invite suggestions and objections. This move is part of a broader initiative to combat the rising prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and to promote public health and well-being.

“By making nutritional information more visible and understandable, we hope to encourage consumers to opt for healthier food options, thereby contributing to the overall well-being of society,” stated the Health Ministry.

The amendment represents a significant step towards enhancing consumer awareness and addressing public health concerns related to diet and nutrition. As the draft notification enters the public consultation phase, stakeholders and citizens alike will have the opportunity to contribute to the finalization of this important regulatory change.

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