Soon, you could count calo­ries you con­sume at a restau­rant

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sounak Mi­tra sounak.m@htlive.com

In­dia’s food reg­u­la­tor wants restau­rants to de­clare the calorific and nu­tri­tive value of the food they serve in or­der to make con­sumers aware of what they eat.

At present, some fine-din­ing restau­rants, es­pe­cially those at five-star ho­tels, have sep­a­rate menus for low-calo­rie food and also of­fer sugar-free op­tions on de­mand. But they do not de­clare de­tails of calo­ries and nu­tri­tion.

“Declar­ing de­tails of calo­rie in­take and nu­tri­tion in­for­ma­tion en­sures that con­sumers are in­formed. These things are al­ready part of la­belling norms for pack­aged food,” said Pawan Ku­mar Agar­wal, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Food Safety and Stan­dards Au­thor­ity of In­dia (FSSAI).

But Agar­wal doesn’t want to make this manda­tory — at least, not yet.

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