FSSAI publishes new Labelling and Display regulations to encourage consumers make healthier food choices

Jun 28, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Industry Specific Compliance

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on June 25, 2019, has issued a proposed draft Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, to enable citizens to know more about the composition of food products, so that they can make informed choices.

According to the proposed draft Regulations, the packaged food companies will need to declare nutritional information on the front of the pack. The food labels will also declare, per serve percentage contribution to RDA (recommended dietary allowance) on the front of the pack.

In a bid to encourage consumers make healthier food choices, these regulations propose to make it mandatory to display red colour-coding on front-of-the-pack labels on packaged food products that have high-fat, high-sugar and high-salt content levels. This requirement would be implemented in phased manner for a period of three years. Further, it propose that Date Marking including date of manufacturing and date of expiry must be at one place to make it easy and also prescribe the provision for labelling of food allergen and allows the use of standardized precautionary and safety symbols.

Other key features of these regulations are:

Ø  Mandatory labelling requirements like information relating to allergens and logo of veg, non-veg food etc. for the prepared food as well.

Ø  Nutritional information may additionally be provided in the form of Barcode/Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN).

Ø  New logo for Vegetarian food which consists of a green colour filled triangle inside a square with green outline

Ø  Every package of food material which is not meant for human consumption shall bear a [X] symbol so as to clearly distinguish the non-food grade items to food items.

Ø  An internal mechanism to address the problem arising out of implementation/interpretation of the regulations.

FSSAI has invited suggestions and objections from stakeholders within 30 days from the publication of the draft regulations. Several main issues raised by the industry association particularly with front-ofthe-pack labelling would also be considered at the time of finalization of these regulations.


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