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Nutritional Calculation to be made based on recommended dietary allowance : FSSAI
Monday, 11 January, 2021, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
The FSSAI has notified the provisions for nutritional information on labels of packaged food products under the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2020. The regulation lays conditions for calculation of the nutritional information based on the recommended dietary allowance.

The regulation reads, “Nutritional Information per 100g 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, 67 g total fat, 22 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat, 50 g added sugar and 2000 mg of sodium (5 g salt) requirement for average adult per day, shall be given on the label containing: — (i) energy value (kcal); (ii) the amounts of (A) Protein (g); (B) Carbohydrate (g) and Total Sugars (g), added sugars (g); (C) Total fat (g), saturated fat (g), trans fat (other than naturally occurring trans fat) (g) and cholesterol (mg), provided that the content of saturated fat and trans fat may be declared on the label as “not more than” and saturated fat and trans fat to be given only if fat content is more than 0.5%, and (D) Sodium (mg).”

The explanation given by the FSSAI reads, “Serving or serve size means an amount of food customarily consumed per eating occasion or as defined on the label which is expressed in metric units. Additionally, it may also be given in common household measures like tea spoon, table spoon, cup that is appropriate to the food. Provided that the food claimed to be enriched with nutrients, such as, minerals, proteins, vitamins, amino acids or enzymes shall give the quantities of such added nutrients on the label.”

Provisions were also made for Calculation of Nutrients, which include Calculation of Energy, and Calculation of Protein. The regulations also lay that nutritional information may additionally be provided in the form of Barcode/Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN).  

Meanwhile, foods exempted from mandatory nutritional labelling include, ‘unprocessed products that comprise a single ingredient; processed products which the only processing they have been subjected to is maturing and that comprise a single ingredient; waters intended for human consumption, including those where the only added ingredients are carbon dioxide; a herb, a spice or mixtures thereof/curry powder except sprinkler masala (masalas meant for direct consumption); salt and salt substitutes; table top sweeteners; coffee extracts and chicory extracts, whole or milled coffee beans and whole or milled decaffeinated coffee beans, coffee, decaffeinated coffee, soluble coffee powder, coffee chicory mixture; herbal and fruit infusions, tea, decaffeinated tea, instant or soluble tea or tea extract, decaffeinated instant or soluble tea or tea extract, which do not contain other added ingredients than flavourings which do not modify the nutritional value of the tea; fermented vinegars and substitutes for vinegar, including those where the only added ingredients are flavourings; flavourings, food additives, processing aids, food enzymes, gelatine, yeast; chewing-gums; alcoholic beverage;  foods for special dietary uses (FSDU), foods for special medical purposes(FSMP), subject to the compliance of requirements specified in the food safety and standards (health supplements, nutraceuticals, food for special dietary use, food for special medical purpose, functional food and novel food) regulations, 2016’.
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