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Red color coding soon to be must for high-fat, sugar, salt foods

28th June 2019

FSSAI’s new labelling and display guidelines will make it compulsory for FBOs (Food Business Operators) to display red color-coding for food products containing high-fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on front-of-the-pack labels. New norms will supersede the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011 and in a period of three years color-coding requirements will be implemented in a phased manner.

According to the earlier draft, the FBOs must use color-coding for nutrients in a traffic light format and red color should indicate that something exceeds the limits. Proposed draft also states that all the nutritional information like calories, added sugar, sodium per serve should be on the front side of the pack along with per serve percentage contribution to RDA (recommended dietary allowance).

New norms require that the manufacturing date and expiry date must be at one place on the pack. Provision for labelling of food allergen and use of standardized precautionary and safety symbols is also mentioned in new regulations. Details such as logo of veg, non-veg food, use of a barcode and a [X] symbol for the food not meant for human are also included in this guidance.

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