To provide information on the overall nutritional value of the food and/or on nutrients included
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released a draft notification related to Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labelling (FoPNL) for suggestions and comments for a time period of 60 days from its date of upload i.e.20th Sept 2022.
For Front-Of-Pack Nutrition Labelling (FoPNL), Indian Nutrition Rating (INR) is proposed. INR is a star rating FoPL model which rates the overall nutritional profile for packaged food by assigning it a rating from ½ star (least healthy) to 5 stars (healthiest). More stars indicate that the food product is better positioned to provide for daily human need of nutrients.
Calculation of INR score and star rating is dependent on–
- Baseline points – which are calculated using 4 health risk increasing factors like energy, total
sugars, saturated fat, and sodium for solid foods per 100g product, and using energy and total
sugars for liquid foods per 100ml product.
- FVNLM points- which are calculated using percentage of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and millets. For Liquid foods only FV points to be considered and not NLM points.
- Protein and fibre points- which are calculated using protein and fibre amounts. For liquid foods
only protein points to be considered and not fibre points.
The draft proposes that compliance shall be voluntary until a period of 48 months from the date of final notification of these regulations and mandatory thereafter.
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