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Introduction
What is Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)?
FSSAI is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. The FSSAI has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 which is a consolidating statute related to food safety and regulation in India. FSSAI is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulations and supervision of food safety.
FSSAI had come out with draft of New Labelling and Display Regulations in 2018
What were the display regulations?
The FSSAI had proposed new regulations in April 2018 called the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) regulations which prescribed 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.
What were the issues with the draft?
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 address their concerns FSSAI has decided to set up B Sesikeran committee to look food labelling standards in to the draft regulations.
Conclusion
India can learn from best practices from other countries like Denmark, Norway and Singapore on labelling regulations. These countries labelling regulations are brilliant they assure consumer about even small details over food packaging. FSSAI has shown concern and attempt to begin  dialogue among stake holders 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.
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