FSSAI releases draft Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2018 It seeks to strengthen nutrition labelling, include mandatory declaration of salt (as sodium chloride), among others
Prabhakaran committee endorses guidelines of 2013 committee It emphasises need for concrete action to resolve ambiguities on the correct serving size of packed and fast foods and the exact nutritional information people need
FSSAI again sets up a panel led by B Sesikeran,former director of National Institute of Nutrition,to review the draft regulations in view of industry’s concerns on FoP labels Committee’s suggestions were not made public
FSSAI releases draft notification FSS (Labelling and display) regulations, 2019,with severely diluted FoP labelling Total fat is replaced with saturated fat, salt with sodium,total sugar with added sugar
Recommended Dietary Allowance of added sugar (50g) kept same as that of total sugar
Compliance to thresholds for FoP extended from two to three years
Allows fast food companies 25 per cent deviation
It proposes front-of-pack labelling of calorie,total fat, total sugar_ trans fat and salt
It provides thresholds for red colour coding of high fat, salt and sugar foods
It proposes two years to comply with the thresholds for FoP
JUNK FOOD MONSTER: FOOD, SAFETY, STANDARDS
this is pushing the burden of double malnutrition obesity and underweight in the country
The double burden of malnutrition is characterised by the coexistence of undernutrition along with overweight and obesity
While the per capita sale of sugary beverages in India is low as compared to other countries, the total market sale is highest after China
The overall consumption of ultra-processed foods, retail revolution which led to the emergence of large and small food retailers
global and national public sectors were no longer the major influences of diets in Low-and-middle income countries (LMICs)
2020 IS A CRITICAL YEAR FOR CLIMATE ACTION
it is the deadline for emissions reduction commitments made by developed countries in 2008 and 2009 (at Cancun and Copenhagen)
deadline for the $100 billion in finance to be provided to developing countries, a commitment made by developed countries in Paris.
Paris Agreement requires countries to update their national targets (nationally determined contributions or NDCs) every five years.
Current NDCs have us on track to warm the planet by more than 2.5°C.
The challenge now in India is to design an equity-driven 1.5°C-compatible NDC which ties performance to finance effectively
INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY – 18 DECEMBER
migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life
Mixed with elements of unforeseeability, emergency, and complexity, the challenges and difficulties
UN is actively playing a catalyst role in this area, with the aim of creating more dialogues and interactions within countries and regions,
This new era has created challenges and opportunities for societies throughout the world.
It also served to underscore clear linkage between migration & development, as well as opportunities it provides for co-development
JUNK FOOD MONSTER
study by the Centre for Science and Environment has found extremely high levels of salt, fat and trans fat in junk foods
responsible for obesity and non-communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes and heart ailments
These diseases are difficult to manage if manifested early in life
ICMR disease burden due to unhealthy diet has increased from 10 per cent to 25 per cent since 1990.
Chips and namkeens had way more salt and fat than one should consume in a snack. Instant noodles and soups had too much salt.