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Color Coding To Help Buyers Differentiate Between Healthy & Unhealthy Foods

Health conscious eaters or people who are looking for foods that are devoid of harmful chemicals and GMO often have a tough time at markets because it’s not exactly easy to distinguish GMO and chemical-free goods from the entire lot. However, a new regulation introduced by India’s apex food safety regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), may soon change that.
FSSAI has made it compulsory for all food manufacturers to display a red color coding on front-of-the-pack labels borne by packaged food products that are high in fat, sugar or salt levels. Currently food packets – or boxes – carry a general table containing all the nutritional information like calories, total fat, trans-fat, total sugar and salt per serving, but with the new regulation in effect, for products that will contain high levels of fat, salt and sugar, the percentages of dietary energy values will be highlighted in red on the labels. Though a first for India, this is a common practice in many countries.
Additionally, the food safety and standards controller has also suggested that all food products that have 5 percent or more of ingredients that are genetically engineered or modified (GMO) should carry a clear declaration stating the same.
The proposed draft Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2018 are now in the public domain for suggestions and feedback before they are notified, reports The New Indian Express. What do you think, will this move make selecting foods at markets easier for us or will it have no major effect? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Packaged food companies may have to stop using toluene-based ink for packaging

Suppliers of packaging material don’t need any major capital investment to shift to toluene-free inks.
Leading packaged food giants such as PepsiCo, NestleHUL and ITC may have to change their packaging practices owing to safety concerns about certain chemicals currently being used to print labels and packages.
Under the new standards, which are currently being formulated by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), several harmful chemicals including toluene, a chemical used in paint thinners, may be banned for printing ink for food packaging, Times of India reported
Toluene is known to cause liver and kidney damage and has already been banned for use in the food industry by several countries including Sri Lanka, where printing associations have voluntarily taken a stand to stop its use.
Most packaged food companies in India, however, use toluene-based solvent for printing ink.
“Around 80 perecnt FMCG companies in India still use toluene-based solvents in packaging materials,” Ashish Pradhan, CEO of the Indian arm of Siegwerk, a German firm that supplies printing ink solutions to companies, told the paper.
However, major packaged food companies like Nestle and Hindustan Unilever said they comply with the existing consumer safety norms.
A Nestle India spokesperson assured that all packaging material coming in direct contact with food is toluene-free, adding that the firm is planning to stop using toluene altogether by the end of this year.
An HUL spokesperson also told the paper that they conform to global and local guidelines.
Several studies have revealed that toluene can migrate between layers of packaging, the report said.
Suppliers of packaging material don’t need any major capital investment to shift to toluene-free inks.
“The current printing equipment, which runs toluene-based inks, can also run toluene-free inks,” an industry expert told the paper.The the cost implication of this transition, however, depends on several factors like type of print job, type of equipment, and printing expenses apart from the cost of ink, the expert added

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