NABL accredited/FSSAI notified laboratories, conduct Food Testing on various nutritional parameters, for testing & analysis of different types of food samples. The experts who conduct these tests are the professionals working the food laboratories and they carry their analysis in packaged food items like protein powders, dietary supplements, infant formula, and health drinks etc.
The nutritional analysis is also important for other packaged food items are cakes, cookies, and biscuits, chips, salty snacks, some ready to eat foods, bakery products, cooked foods, dairy products, and meat products. The nutritional analysis is required for sauces, sweets and candies and even pastes, purees and pickles as well. NABL accredited/FSSAI Notified Food Labs to help the food business operators on nutritional labeling requirements & can further offer consultation on different testing parameters.
Some of the food testing parameters are the analysis of the nutrients; protein, energy, sugar, carbohydrate, fiber, sugar, dietary fiber and fats. Other important parameters are monounsaturated and saturated fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, cholesterol, trans fat and vitamins, A, E, K, D, B and C. Consultation is also provided on nutritional labelling requirement like minerals, such as Fe, Ca, Na, Zn, K, Mn, I,P and Se, nucleotides and amino acids.
More on the regulation:
As per The Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011, which are regulated by FSSAI; nutritional information is important and must be mentioned on labels of the food products. In case, the limit does not match with the specified limit on the label or does not fall in the same line with the regulatory guidelines then the product is considered to be a misbranded food article.The Food Business Operator shall be held responsible for not declaring this important information on the label of the food product. The FSSAI guidelines also stipulates that the periodic Food Testing, atleast once in every six months need to be done on different food products including ingredients.
The regulatory guidelines suggest that the information about the nutritional constituents such as protein, vitamins and minerals must be declared on the food labels along with their composition values.The nutritional labeling becomes more important & critical for the food products just like Infant foods, health supplements, dietary supplements etc. as these foods are meant for specific dietary & health needs.
The values declared about the nutrients have to be at par with the ICMR guidelines on RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) limits for different age groups. The information about the nutritional constituents needs to be printed on the label and it should not be declared on a sticker as FSSAI guidelines are very strict on this. The same guidelines apply to the imported food in India as the also have to adhere the Indian Regulations.
The primary aim of nutritional labeling is to educate the consumers about the food product and its ingredients so that they can make healthy food choices. However, declaring nutritional facts in the correct manner can help the FBOs to gain a competitive edge over other food products which are available in the marketplace.