FSSAI

 Context: FSSAI directs companies to stop claiming “100% fruit juice” on labels and ads due to high sugar content. As per FSSAI, there is no provision of such claims as per Food Safety and Standards (Advertising and Claims) Regulations, 2018. The products must be labelled in accordance with the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and …

Issues with India’s Food Regulatory System

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Governance   Source: IE   Context: Controversies surrounding food safety in India have put the spotlight on the country’s regulator, FSSAI.   Recent cases of food issues in India: Allegations against Nestle’s baby food products for unhealthy sugar content. Concerns over carcinogenic additives in powdered spices, including MDH and Everest brands. …

QR codes on Food products

Facts for Prelims (FFP)     Source: TH  Context: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has recommended the use of QR codes on food products to make information accessible to visually impaired individuals.   What are QR Codes? QR codes, or Quick Response codes, are two-dimensional barcodes that store information. They can be …

Food Fortification: Benefits and associated risks

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Food Security; Technology Missions   Source: ET  Context: According to a UN report, India’s pilot studies on rice fortification showed a significant drop in the prevalence of anaemia among schoolchildren.   Food Fortification:  Meaning: It is defined as the practice of adding vitamins and minerals to commonly consumed foods during processing …

Agmark registration

  Source: Business Standard  Context: FSSAI proposes to do away with Agmark registration for some edible oils. Only an FSSAI license will be enough and a separate Agmark registration will not be required. This would facilitate ease of doing business and reduce the multiplicity of laws that govern the food sector.   Certification Marks in …

Misleading food ads and regulations to curtail them

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Governance: Government Policies and Interventions   Source: TH  Context: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has flagged 32 new cases of misleading advertisements and claims made by food business operators. FSSAI has referred the cases to licensing authorities and warned that offenders face penalties of up to INR …

FSSAI

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: TH  Context: Cadbury Bournvita’s products advertisement and product packaging have been found to be misleading as they did not disclose the sugar content.   FSSAI regulation on the product packaging: FSSAI issued a draft notification on front-of-package labelling in September 2022 that proposed the “Indian Nutrition Rating.” It would notify …

Report alleges conflict of interest behind India’s fortified food programme

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Food Security; Technology Missions   Source: DTE  Context: The public food fortification programme under India’s food safety regulator (FSSAI) has come under scanner after a report alleged conflicts of interest behind it.   Background: The mandates of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the Food Fortification Resource …

[Mission 2023] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 6 January 2023

  InstaLinks :  help you think beyond the issue but relevant to the issue from UPSC prelims and Mains exam point of view. These linkages provided in this ‘hint’ format help you frame possible questions in your mind that might arise(or an examiner might imagine) from each current event. InstaLinks also connect every issue to …

FSSAI’s Star Rating:

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Issues related to food security.   Context: The “health star rating” system that the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) plans to adopt in order to help consumers reduce their intake of unhealthy foods has been opposed by close to a dozen consumer and health advocacy groups.   About …

FSSAI draft regulations for GM foods:

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Biotechnology.   FSSAI draft regulations for GM foods: Context: Social activists working among farmers have come out against the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI) draft regulations on genetically modified (GM) food, terming it “unacceptable”.   What’s their demand? They want FSSAI to explicitly say that GM foods …

FSSAI releases draft regulations for GM foods:

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Biotechnology.   FSSAI releases draft regulations for GM foods: Context: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released draft regulations for GM foods.   Overview of the Draft: No one can manufacture or sell any food products or food ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) without prior …

Experts warn against mandatory food fortification

  GS Paper  :  3 Topics Covered: Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.   Context: Experts have warned of the adverse impacts on health and livelihoods because of Food Fortification.   What’s the issue? Centre has plans to mandatorily fortify rice and edible oils …

Sweet sellers need to display ‘best before date’ from 1 October orders FSSAI

Topics Covered: Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders. Sweet sellers need to display ‘best before date’ from 1 October, orders FSSAI: Context: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released guidelines on sale of loose sweets. As per …