Pediatrics body urges FSSAI to ensure nutrient specific warning labels | Ludhiana News


JALANDHAR: Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) and its subspeciality chapter – Non Communicable Diseases Prevention Academy (NCDPA) have urged the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to ensure nutrient specific warning labels in interest of children on processed food products. It has noted that current food labelling practices are harming children’s health.
“The Covid pandemic has worsened the already shockingly compromised health of our children in many ways, especially by increasing obesity and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). A major factor responsible for this is the wide availability of hyper palatable but unhealthy Ultra Processed Foods (UPFs), positioned in people’s minds as must-buys because of aggressive advertising,” said NCDPA) in a statement issued here by its secretary Dr Anil Sud on Sunday.
“From the pediatric perspective, it is important for young children to be able to interpret food labels,” the Academy said. “IAP and NCDPA strongly recommend that FSSAI should ensure that the labelling should have nutrient specific warning labels in accordance with the lower cut-off values of daily requirements. In case this is not feasible immediately, then the labelling should at least boldly state that ‘the product is unsuitable for children under 10 years’ or ‘this food labelling is not applicable for children under 10 years,’” it added.
The Academy also pointed out that Caffeine was found in significant amounts in several products favored by children and adolescents…..There is currently no legal requirement to declare caffeine content. It is the need of hour to address safety concerns with use of caffeinated drinks in childhood,” the Academy said.





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