Food labels to have QR code to help the visually disabled

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Source: The post is based on the article “Food labels to have QR code to help the visually disabled” published in “The Hindu” on 24th October 2023

What is the News?

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) has recommended the use of Quick Response(QR) codes on food products.

What is Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations,2020?

Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations,2020 has comprehensively outlined the information to be included on the labels of food products.

This includes product name, shelf life, nutrition facts, vegetarian/non-vegetarian logos, ingredient lists, allergen warnings, and other product-specific labelling requirements.

The information is aimed at empowering consumers to make informed choices when selecting food products. 

Why has FSSAI recommended the use of QR code on food products?

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 recognises the rights and needs of individuals with disabilities.It emphasizes on the accessibility and the promotion of health for persons with disabilities.

One effective means to achieve this on food products is by incorporating Quick Response(QR) codes on product labels.

These QR codes will have comprehensive details about the products ingredients, nutritional information, allergens, manufacturing date among others.

Note: The inclusion of a QR code for the accessibility of information does not replace the requirement to provide mandatory information on the product label.

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