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FSSAI constitutes B Sesikeran committee to review food labelling standards

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

FSSAI constitutes B Sesikeran committee
  • The committee will be headed by B Sesikeran, former director of National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) and comprises of current NIN director Hemalatha and AIIMS' endocrinologist Nikhil Tandon.

Details:

  • FSSAI had released the 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 a committee of experts with health and nutrition background to look into the draft regulations.

Interesting to know:

  • 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.

Question:

Q. Who has constituted a three-member committee to look into the draft food labelling and display regulations- Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations 2018?
a. Food Security and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
b. Food Safety and Stability Authority of India (FSSAI)
c. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
d. None of the above
FSSAI constitutes B Sesikeran committee to review food labelling standards FSSAI constitutes B Sesikeran committee to review food labelling standards Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on August 20, 2018 Rating: 5

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