CAIT criticizes FSSAI Nutrition Rating proposal; detrimental to traditional manufacturers
New Delhi, Nov 28 (KNN) The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has opined that the proposed rule of printing of Indian Nutrition Rating (INR) has not taken into account the ground reality of the food trade, various parameters of spending of the consumers and local manufactures such as traditionally known as Halwai and Bakers.
In a letter to Mansukhbhai Mandaviya, Minister for Health & Family Welfare, CAIT’s National Secretary General, Praveen Khandelwal drew his attention to the Draft Notification of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for the printing of Indian Nutrition Rating (INR) on food packets as part of a labelling exercise with healthy food items getting a higher rating.
“This move undoubtedly looks to be logical which has been brought with a good intention to ensure quality and nutrified food to the people of India. However, the said rules are an attempt to run the food trade with one stick though India is land of great diversity,” he said.
The food trade in India is carried by major companies on the one side but largely crore of small Halwai, food operators, Sweet & Namkeen makers and others conduct their food business activities catering to the requirement of about 80% population of the country.
Highlighting the difference in the food choices from State to State, he said these items are famous because of their very different and special kind of recipe and these all have different nutritional value.
According to CAIT any legislation or regulation which may be drafted to regulate them with one yardstick will end with closure of these large number of small sweet and namkeen manufacturers traditionally known as Halwai and Bakers which will further result into unemployment of large number of workers who work with these small Halwai and sweet namkeen manufacturers.
The trader’s body has urged the minister to consider the submissions and sought for an in-person meeting. (KNN Bureau)