ICMR Warns on Packaged Food Labels

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), through its National Institute of Nutrition, has issued guidelines in May 2024 warning about misleading claims on packaged food labels. These guidelines alert consumers to the potential health misrepresentations in products labeled as “sugar-free,” “packed with real fruit,” or “made with whole grain,” among others. By encouraging consumers to read ingredient lists and nutritional information carefully, and understand food certifications, the ICMR aims to foster more informed dietary choices and better health outcomes. Additionally, the guidelines serve to clarify the criteria for organic labels in India, supported by the ‘Jaivik Bharat’ logo.

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