Chief Executive Officer
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
Food and Drug Administration Bhawan
New Delhi - 110002
Subject: CSE Recommendations on Draft Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2018
Dear Shri Pawan Agarwal Ji,
Greetings from Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)!
This has reference to the notice for comments on draft Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2018 (hereinafter referred to as "draft regulations").
CSE has been working on issues relating to foods high in fat, salt or sugar (‘HFSS food’) w.r.t. nutritional analysis, promotion and marketing targeted at children and linkages with noncommunicable diseases.
As you may know, we have been advocating for favorable food policies and had recently shared our point of view on related regulations such as on safe and wholesome food for school children as well as those on advertisements and claims. With reference to the current draft regulations, at the outset, we would like to mention that this is a good beginning considering the state of our existing labelling laws but the draft regulations need massive strengthening across several aspects to ensure appropriate food labelling framework that contributes in retarding the growth of obesity and non-communicable diseases in this country. We have carefully analysed these regulations and have presented below our specific recommendations for your consideration.