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FSSAI’s draft notification out on rating for packaged food

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    23rd Sep, 2022


The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has issued a draft notification on front-of-package labeling.


  • It proposes “Indian Nutrition Rating” (INR) modelled on the health star-rating system.
  • The draft of the amended Food Safety and Standards (Labelling & Display) Regulations, 2020 requires packaged food to display the prescribed format of INR by assigning a rating from 1/2 star (least healthy) to five stars (healthiest). 
  • The INR is to be calculated on the basis of contribution of:
    • Energy
    • saturated fat
    • total sugar
    • sodium 
    • the positive nutrients


  • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a statutory body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. 
  • The FSSAI has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
    • Statutory powers that the FSS Act, 2006 gives to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India are:
      • Framing of regulations to lay down food safety standards
      • Laying down guidelines for accreditation of laboratories for food testing
      • Providing scientific advice and technical support to the Central Government
      • Contributing to the development of international technical standards in food
      • Collecting and collating data regarding food consumption, contamination, emerging risks, etc.
      • Disseminating information and promoting awareness about food safety and nutrition in India.
  • FSSAI is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.
  • The FSSAI is headed by a non-executive chairperson, appointed by the Central Government, either holding or has held the position of not below the rank of Secretary to the Government of India
  • Headquarters: New Delhi. 
  • The authority also has 6 regional offices:
    • Delhi
    • Guwahati
    • Mumbai
    • Kolkata
    • Cochin
    • Chennai. 
  • The main aim of FSSAI is to
    • Lay down science-based standards for articles on food.
    • To regulate the manufacture, storage, distribution, import, and sale of food.
    • To facilitate the safety of food.

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