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FSSAI and star rating for packaged foods

🖊 The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is starting a star rating system for packaged foods.

🖊 As per the ‘Health Star’ rating system, packaged foods will display the number of stars on the front of the pack, indicating how healthy or unhealthy it is depending upon the amount of salt, sugar and fat it has.

🖊 A study was conducted by IIM Ahmedabad regarding the methodology to be used to display the health ratings of the food items

🖊 It has been decided that the ratings will be placed in front of the packets.


🖊 Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a statutory body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. 

🖊 The FSSAI has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, which is a consolidating statute related to food safety and regulation in India.

🖊  FSSAI is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.

🖊 The FSSAI has its headquarters at New Delhi.

🖊 The authority also has 6 regional offices located in Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Kolkata, Cochin, and Chennai.

🖊 It has 14 referral laboratories notified by FSSAI, 72 State/UT laboratories located throughout India and 112 laboratories are NABL accredited private laboratories notified by FSSAI

🖊 FSSAI was established by Former Union Minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, Government of India on 5 August 2011 under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006

🖊 The FSSAI consists of a chairperson & 22 members. 

🖊 The following are the statutory powers that the FSS Act, 2006 gives to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

✍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.

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