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FSSAI Introduces New Labeling Rules: Bold Letters & Bigger Fonts For Nutritional Info

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has approved changes to nutritional information labeling on packaged food items during its 44th meeting, chaired by Apurva Chandra. The proposed amendments to the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2020, will require total salt, sugar, and saturated fat content to be displayed in […]

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has approved changes to nutritional information labeling on packaged food items during its 44th meeting, chaired by Apurva Chandra. The proposed amendments to the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2020, will require total salt, sugar, and saturated fat content to be displayed in bold letters and larger font sizes on food labels.

In an official statement, FSSAI said it has approved “a proposal to display nutritional information regarding total sugar, salt, and saturated fat in bold letters and relatively increased font size on labels of packaged food items.” The draft notification for these changes will be available for public comments and suggestions.

According to the amendments, the per-serve percentage contribution to Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for total sugar, total saturated fat, and sodium content will be highlighted in bold letters. Regulation 2 (v) and 5(3) of the FSS (Labelling and Display) Regulation, 2020, specify the requirements for mentioning serving size and nutritional information on food product labels.

“The amendment aims to empower consumers to better understand the nutritional value of the product they are consuming and make healthier decisions,” the regulator was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. “Along with empowering consumers to make healthier choices, the amendment would also contribute towards efforts to combat the rise of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and promote public health and well-being,” the statement said.

Clear and distinguishable labeling requirements are a priority in the global effort to combat NCDs. FSSAI has been issuing advisories to prevent false and misleading claims, such as removing the term ‘Health Drink’ from e-commerce websites, as it is not defined or standardized under the FSS Act 2006 or its rules and regulations. The regulator has also directed Food Business Operators (FBOs) to remove claims of ‘100% fruit juices’ from labels and advertisements of reconstituted fruit juices and to refrain from using the terms wheat flour or refined wheat flour.

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