India: Trans Fats Label Declaration Postponed

On 31 December, 2015, India Food Regulator, FSSAI issued a notice stating that the time period for FBO’s (food business operators) to comply with the provisions of Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment regulations, 2013 has been extended to July 1, 2016. The amendment relates to label declaration of total trans-fats and total saturated fats on the food labels.

FBO’s are required to declare trans-fats in the following manner on the labels:

“Trans fatty acids not more than----------percent by weight”

According to Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment regulations, 2013, from June 2013, FBO’s are required to declare the percentage contents of total trans-fats and total saturated fats on the label wherever fats, oils, fat emulsions, margarine, fat spreads and hydrogenated vegetable oils are used.

It is also worth noting that from 27 August 2016, the total percentage contents of trans-fats and saturated fats in packaged foods cannot exceed 5% by weight.

Read more about how trans-fats are regulated worldwide in our white paper available here