FSSAI asks online food platforms to comply with the norms of display of nutritional value

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has requested online food platforms like Swiggy and Zomato, which from July 1st should ensure compliance with its regulations linked to the display of nutritional value by food service establishments.

FSSAI has written letters to all e-commerce Food Business Operators (FBOs), asking them to make provisions in their platforms, including mobile apps, for the display of calorific value and information related to nutrition and allergens.

This would allow FBOs to feed the data onto online platforms so that FBOs registered on your respective platforms would be able to feed and update such information in respect of each dish/food they are offering for sale.

Zomato claims that it has already showcased nutritional and allergen status where a restaurant voluntarily shares the required information with it, and as per the FSSAI guidelines, they are working with the restaurant partners who have now been mandated to enable our customers to make an informed choice.

FSSAI has also asked its regional directors to ensure the necessary compliance for the same through e-commerce FBOs.

In its direction, FSSAI drew reference to the provisions for the “Display of Information in Food Service Establishments, as per the FSS (Labelling and Display) Regulations,” which will be effective from July 1, 2022.

As per these regulations, food service establishments having central licences or outlets at 10 or more locations are required to mention the calorific value (in kcal per serving and serving size) of the food items displayed on the menu cards or boards or booklets. They should also provide information related to nutrition, allergens, and ingredients, among others.

Further, FSSAI said the regulations also stipulate that e-commerce FBOs should get the requisite nutritional information from respective food business operators and provide it on their website wherever applicable