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Labelling of Food Products

The Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and labelling) Regulations, 2011 prescribe the manner of marking and labelling of foods under section 23 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. So far, three amendments have been carried out in the said regulations for i) mandatory display of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s logo and license number; ii) declaration of trans fats and saturated fats in hydrogenated vegetable oils; and iii) declaration of Plant Stanols and Trehalose, in packages of certain food products.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

FSSAI Act

Random sampling and testing of food products including pan masala etc., is undertaken by the officials of Food Safety Departments of the respective States/UTs to check compliance of the standards laid down under the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006 and Regulations thereunder. In cases, where the food samples are found to be non-conforming to the prescribed standards, recourse is taken to penal provisions under Chapter IX of the FSS Act, 2006. Regulation No. 2.3.4 of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on sales) Regulations, 2011, provides that Tobacco and nicotine should not be used as ingredients in any food products. No separate data with regard to pan Masala and tobacco content is centrally maintained by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

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