India considers tougher rules for food packs

India’s national regulator for food is contemplating new labelling requirements for packaged foodstuffs.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is considering tighter restrictions after the country’s largest ever food recall began in July. This involved the withdrawal of 400 million packs of Maggi-brand instant noodles. Made by Nestlé, these are calculated to have total value of 3.5 billion rupees (€44 million).

A report from local newspaper the Economic Times notes the FSSAI is now contemplating making expiry date marking – rather than best before dates – mandatory. Another change being mooted is for food packagers to embrace a more vigorous culture of self-regulation, allowing the FSSAI to take a less hands-on approach.

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