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The link between food, nutrition, diet and non-communicable diseases

Posted on : 13 Feb 2020

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  • India urgently needs a robust law on labelling and disclosure of nutritional information on food packs.
  • The existing Food Safety Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011, is too weak and ineffective.
  • Even some-thing as basic as salt is not mandatorily disclosed.
  • But the statutory framework is just not coming along, clearly due to pressure from the powerful junk food industry and the resultant red tape.
  • In 2013, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the country’s food regulator, set up an expert committee to regulate junk food available in schools following an order of the Delhi High Court.
  • In 2014, the expert committee, comprising doctors, nutritionists, public health experts, civil society and industry, suggested labelling of calories, sugar, fat, saturated fat and salt on the front of food packs as this would help people make an informed choice about the food they eat.
  • D Prabhakaran committee suggested resolving ambiguities on the correct serving size of packed and fast foods and the exact nutritional information people need.

Article Related Questions

  1. D Prabhakaran committee was seen recently in news, what was the purpose of this committee?

  2. 1.It suggested reforms in electrification of Indian Railways

    2.It suggested resolving ambiguities on the correct serving size of packed and fast foods and the exact nutritional information.

    3.It suggested the new key reforms in 5G sector

    4.It suggested for conducting the nationwide NRC

    Right Ans : It suggested resolving ambiguities on the correct serving size of packed and fast foods and the exact nutritional information.

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