New Labelling Requirements for Packaged Food Items in the Works

In a move aimed at promoting consumer awareness and public health, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has approved a proposal to modify the labelling requirements applicable to packaged food items. This proposal calls for nutritional information regarding total sugar, salt and saturated fat, to be displayed prominently in bold letters and larger font sizes.

Accordingly, changes would be made to provisions of the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2020, specifying requirements pertaining to serving size and nutritional information on the food product label. The draft of the amendments sought to be made to these Regulations will soon be released for public consultation.

This decision, made at the 44th meeting of the Authority, seeks to enhance consumer welfare, promote healthier dietary choices, and bolster public health nationwide. Moreover, the initiative aligns with broader efforts to combat the growing prevalence of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.

In addition to regulatory amendments, FSSAI continues to issue advisories against misleading claims on food products, reinforcing its role in safeguarding consumer interests.