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FSSAI notifies norms related to nutritional info & shelf life
Wednesday, 21 September, 2022, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
The Indian Food Authority, FSSAI, has notified the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) First Amendment Regulations, 2022, - norms related to nutritional information and shelf life of products.

The amendment lays down that saturated fat and trans fats be given on the label only if total fat content is more than 0.5% in final food and cholesterol content to be given only for products containing fats of animal origin and where total fat content is more than 0.5%.

According to the regulation 5 sub regulation 3 of the labelling and display regulations,  nutritional information is a description intended to inform the consumer of nutritional properties of the food related to sugars, added sugars, fat (saturated, monosaturated, polyunsaturated, and trans fats), dietary fibre and other nutrients which provide energy, or have specific metabolic or physiological functions or are needed for growth, development and maintenance of healthy life.

Further, the regulations say that nutritional info per 100 gm or 100ml or per single consumption pack of the product and per serve percentage contribution to recommended dietary allowance calculated on the basis of 2000kcal energy, 67g total fat, 22g saturated fat, 2g trans fats, 50 g added sugar and 2000mg of sodium (5g salt) requirement for average adult per day shall be given on the label.

The amendment further lays that for products with shelf life of more than three months, the “DD/MM/YY” format may also be used.

With respect to the declaration regarding food allergens, the amendment says that wheat based glucose syrups including dextrose, wheat based maltodextrins, glucose syrups based on barley, cereals used for making alcoholic distillates including ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin were excluded from the list of allergens provided these ingredients have been assessed as safe and gluten shall not be more than 20 mg/kg.

For principal display area, the amendment notifies that for area above 500 sq cm & upto 2500 sq cm, the minimum height of numeral and letter in mm shall be 3 in normal case and 5 when blown, formed moulded or perforated on container.

According to the FSSAI, these regulations will come into force from the date of its publication in the official gazette.
 
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