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FSSAI plans mandatory colour coding for sugary, salty foods

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Packaged food products will be required to label high fat, sugar and salt content levels on the front side of the pack with "red-colour-coding" as per the draft regulations proposed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

The FSSAI has said that its new ‘Labeling and Display’ regulations are ready for draft notification. These regulations will supersede the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labeling) Regulations.

"The aim of the new labeling regulations is to enable people to know more about the composition of food products, so that they can make informed choices," the national food regulator said in a statement.

According to the proposed draft Regulations, the companies will need to declare nutritional information such as calories (energy), saturated fat, trans-fat, added sugar and sodium per serve on the front of the food pack.

The companies would have to declare, per serve percentage contribution to RDA (recommended dietary allowance) on the front of the food pack.

The regulator said the new guidelines also propose to make it "mandatory to display red colour-coding on front-of-the-pack labels on packaged food that have high-fat, high-sugar and high-salt content levels."

The new regulation would be implemented in a phased manner in a period of three years.

The national food safety regulator has invited suggestions and objections from stakeholders within 30 days from the publication of the draft regulations.


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