Food Regulator FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) has suspended licences of as many as 15 food business operators for not complying with its regulations related to display of nutritional value in their menus.
The Food Regulator FSSAI came out with labelling and display regulations in 2020 for food service establishments. It became effective from July 1 this year.
As per the regulations, food operators with central licence or outlets at 10 or more locations are mandated to mention the calorific value (in kcal per serving and serving size) against the food items on the menu cards. They are also required to provide information related to nutrition, allergen and ingredients, among others.
As per a PTI report, licences of 16 food business operators (FBOs) has been suspended by the FSSAI for not complying with the regulations. Around 70 FBOs have sought time for compliance.
“We nudged them towards self-compliance… And as a result most have complied or have sought some more time. Further those who have shown no sign of improvement or responsibility have been dealt sternly by suspending their license,” a FSSAI official said.
Menu labelling will apply to food service establishments having central licence; outlets at ten or more locations; e-commerce FBOs selling food products of those mandated for declaration under menu labelling for such foods. Event caterers and food service premises that operate for less than sixty days in a calendar year (consecutively or non-consecutively) are exempted from the scope of these regulations.
In June this year, FSSAI had asked online food platforms like Swiggy and Zomato to ensure compliance by food service establishments from July 1.
In a letter to all e-commerce Food Business Operators (FBOs), FSSAI had asked them to make provisions in their platforms, including mobile apps, for display of calorific value and information related to nutrition and allergen. This would enable FBOs to feed the data on online platforms.