Study shows significance of front-of-pack nutrition labels in promoting informed food choices

INDIA – A study on the acceptance and potential application of various front-of-pack nutrition label designs in promoting informed food choices by the ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition has revealed that “warning labels” can discourage consumers from choosing and consuming even moderately unhealthy foods. Additionally, it demonstrated how “summary ratings” like the health star or Nutri-Score may be used to find…

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FSSAI endeavors to close Basmati rice adulteration loop by specifying standards

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has for the first time specified the identity standards for basmati rice varieties, including brown, milled, parboiled, and milled parboiled, to ensure the supply of standardized genuine rice in domestic and export markets. Since “basmati rice is prone to many sorts of adulteration for economic benefits, which may involve,…

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FSSAI calls for action against misleading vegan labels

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has instructed all of its Regional Directors and Commissioners of Food Security to make sure that food business operators (FBOs) and e-commerce platforms don’t deceive customers when selling ghee and butter. This is after the FSSAI has discovered that some FBOs are utilizing dairy words to market their non-dairy…

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FSSAI urges officials to increase food safety inspections

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has directed the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) officials to maintain continuous surveillance of street food, in order to prevent food adulteration and enhance food safety. The FSSAI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Kamala Vardhan Rao led a team of FSSAI officials on a visit to the city meant…

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FSSAI survey shows nearly 15% of protein supplements unsafe for consumption

INDIA – In a study undertaken by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), over 15% of protein supplement samples that were evaluated for quality were found to be unfit for consumption. The nation’s main food regulator, FSSAI, conducted the survey between 2021 and 2022 in an effort to curtail the sale and distribution of substandard dietary supplements,…

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FSSAI issues direction for re-operationalization of food business licensing

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a direction for the re-operationalization of Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Amendment Regulations, 2021. These regulations contain amendments in respect of the Licensing and Registration of E-Commerce food business operators, documents to be enclosed for a new application for a license to…

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FSSAI establishes stringent labeling requirements for bread manufacturers

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has enacted strict labeling standards for bread producers that will go into effect in May of 2019, a move that will gratify the nation’s health-conscious populace. In order to comply with the requirement, bakeries must use at least 75% whole wheat flour in their whole wheat bread, as well…

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FSSAI orders mandatory registration of foreign import food facilities

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has announced that starting February 1, 2023, foreign food manufacturing facilities that come under five food categories and who are intending to export these products to India, will have to register in order to do so. The five categories include infant food, nutraceuticals, egg powder, and meat and meat…

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FSSAI launches Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) amendments

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has launched the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) First Amendment Regulations, 2022, which establish standards for product shelf life and nutritional information. The amendment stipulates that cholesterol content must only be disclosed for products containing fats of animal origin and when total fat content is greater than…

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FSSAI to kick off phase II of Eat Right Challenge for districts, rate Anganwadis

INDIA – India’s Food Safety Department is planning to commence the grading of rural child care centres (Anganwadis) on the basis of their food safety compliance. As part of the second phase of the “Eat Right Challenge,” four Anganwadis under each of the 14 food safety circles in the district will be chosen for the Food Safety and Standards Authority…

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