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QR codes on Food products

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Source: TH

 Context: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has recommended the use of QR codes on food products to make information accessible to visually impaired individuals.


What are QR Codes?

QR codes, or Quick Response codes, are two-dimensional barcodes that store information. They can be scanned with a smartphone or QR code reader, providing quick access to the encoded data, such as website links, text, or contact information.


Aim of the move by FSSAI:

This move aims to ensure that everyone, including those with special needs, can access safe food. Food labelling should enable all consumers to make informed choices.


Benefits of using QR code:

The use of QR codes is suggested to provide comprehensive product details, including ingredients, nutritional information, allergens, manufacturing dates, and more. This approach complements the existing mandatory labelling requirements and aligns with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.


What are Food Safety and Standards (Labeling and Display) Regulations 2020?

It is a set of regulations by FSSAI that addresses gaps in previous regulations. It introduces new requirements like allergen information, nutrient contributions, expiry dates, logos, and symbols. Even e-commerce platforms must label food products for sale, and large restaurant chains are included in these regulations.

About FSSAI:

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (est. 2008; HQ: New Delhi) is an autonomous statutory body (under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006) established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.