EAT­A­BLES HIGH IN FAT, SALT, SU­GAR SET TO GET ‘JUNK FOOD’ LA­BEL SOON

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Suchetana Ray and Sunny Sen

NEW DELHI: A packet of pop­u­lar branded potato chips might soon havea“junk­food”la­be­loni­tas­the coun­try’s food reg­u­la­tor wants to make a clear distinc­tion be­tween healthy and un­healthy foods.

TheFood­sSafetyandS­tan­dards Author­i­tyof In­dia’s(FSSAI) move re­flects a grow­ing con­cern over junk­food—agre­yareainIn­di­aas the coun­try doesn’t have clear-cut guide­lines on food and bev­er­ages con­sid­ered un­healthy.

“We are try­ing to de­fine junk food based on pro­por­tion of salt, su­gar and fat con­tent… The cal­cu­la­tions are based on the In­dian diet chart and rec­om­mended diet as well as in­ter­na­tional stan­dards,” said Pawan Ku­mar Agar­wal, CEO of the Foods Safety and Stan­dards Au­thor­ity of In­dia (FSSAI).

The reg­u­la­tor is pre­par­ing guide­lines to put caps on fat, salt and su­gar con­tent in pack­aged food. The­man­u­fac­tur­er­swill­have to put the junk food la­bel on pack­ets of any prod­uct that con­tains more than the pre­scribed limit of these in­gre­di­ents.

These sug­ges­tions were made by a panel that the reg­u­la­tor had formed to pre­pare guide­lines for a healthy diet for In­di­ans, in­clud­ing a def­i­ni­tion on junk food.

Theter­mjunk­food­has­not­been de­fined un­der the Food Safety and Stan­dard­Act.TheFSSAIwill­soon no­tify a regulation.

In­di­aw­ill­bea­mon­ga­hand­fulof coun­triesto­la­bel­pack­aged­foodas junk. A fi­nal de­ci­sion is pend­ing.

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