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17th DECEMBER 2019

April 2018               

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

May 2017

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

August 2018

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

July 2019

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.

December 19, 2019