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TWO THIRD SNACKS HAVE MISLABELLED SALT CONTENT
TWO THIRD SNACKS HAVE MISLABELLED SALT CONTENT
The FSSAI has enacted guidelines for food manufacturers to follow when making claims on their labels. Some companies have chosen not to follow these guidelines. As a result, these companies are misbranding their labels and many consumers are mislead and deceived into purchasing these products. It is known fact that excess sodium intake is the fifth leading cause of death in India and as dietary patterns are changing, packaged foods are becoming a problem. Indians have traditionally added large amounts of salt during cooking and salty pickles remain popular. However, in recent times, there has been a marked shift in the dietary habits of Indian from traditional home cooking meals towards more convenience foods. Resulting from this, more processed foods have been introduced into the market, particularly in urban areas. As rightly said by Sailesh Mohan, the Public Health Foundation of India, “Indians are increasingly aware of the need to reduce the amount of salt they consume, but we also need the food industry to play its part A research from several Indian Public Health Institute’s surveys has declared an inaccurate representation of the salt that packaged products contain. The study was carried out on 7,428 packaged foods by many researchers, who found that less than one-third of them had accurate salt content displayed on the nutrition label. Although, it is mandatory to display nutritional details under current regulations, many of the products lacked these details NEWS SOURCE- http://www.ffsqindia.org/news/two-thirds-of-indian-processed-snacks-have-mislabelled-salt-content-2/