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Labelling norm on packaged food in next 2-3 months: FSSAI

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

regulator FSSAI will finalise the labelling standards on packaged products in the next 2-3 months and is open to make changes in the draft rules to address the industry's concern, its said today.

Last month, the Safety and (FSSAI) had issued a draft of and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2018 and sought comments from stakeholders.

The regulator has proposed making it mandatory to display red colour-coding on front of the pack of that have high-fat, high-sugar and high-salt content levels.

"We are getting stakeholders' comment on the draft regulations. The final regulations is expected in the next 2-3 months," Agarwal told reporters here when asked about the proposed labelling standards.

He said the FSSAI is studying the model used in foreign countries like Australia, New Zealand, and the US, for colour coding display on the packaged "We are aware of the industry's concern related to colour coding."

Asked about the proposal on genetically modified (GM) food, Agarwal said the labelling on packaged with 5 per cent or more GE ingredients will "bring clarity".

All having total Genetically Engineered (GE) ingredients 5 per cent or more shall be labelled, the draft said.

"Imported GM food is coming to It is in form of and edible oils. In case of oils, traces of GM is negligible. So, there will be no labelling," he added.

Agarwal also announced that the FSSAI is targeting to make the country free from trans-fat by 2022.

Meanwhile, FSSAI today launched an initiative to promote safe and (SNF) at workplace to deal with the alarming increase in obesity and NCDs (Non-Communicable Diseases) like diabetes and hypertension.

"SNF@Workplace is a nation-wide campaign to help people eat safe and eat right while at work. Since the majority of our workforce consumes at least one meal during working hours, behavioural change at is critical," Agarwal said.

The FSSAI had earlier similar initiatives for school and home.

The resource book for this initiative 'The Orange Book: Your Guide to Safe and at the Workplace' was launched that highlights the role to be played by key stakeholders such as the administration, canteen establishment and the employees in ensuring safe and at

To create a self-propelling and sustainable ecosystem, a systematic framework of FSSAI-trained resource persons, & wellness coordinators and supervisors for every workplace has been enabled.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 18:50 IST