FSSAI to investigate Nestle India’s high-sugar baby food

| Updated: 22 April, 2024 12:41 pm IST
The FMCG giant was selling Cerelac, its popular baby food product with higher sugar content in less developed South Asian countries including India.

NEW DELHI: After the revelation of reports by Public Eye and International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) which claimed the high content of sugar in Nestle’s baby products, the Consumer Affairs Ministry of India has directed the food safety regulator FSSAI to look into the composition.

The report of the Swiss NGO, further states that the FMCG giant was selling Cerelac, its popular baby food product with higher sugar content in less developed South Asian countries including India, Africa, and Latin American nations as compared to European Markets.

According to the reports, Nestle does not add sugar in countries like Switzerland, Germany, the UK, and France while it adds 2.7 grams of sugar per serving of Cerelac baby cereals which are sold in India.

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Raising more concerns in other Asian countries, the report claims that the sugar content was mentioned on the packaging sold in India, while, discrepancies were found in other countries, with the highest sugar content recorded in Thailand and the Philippines.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights(NCPCR), a government statutory body to protect the child’s rights, has also issued a notice to FSSAI to take the required action.

Reacting to this, Nestle India has tried to defend itself, by releasing a statement claiming its commitment to compliance and stating that it has reduced added sugar in baby food products by over 30% in the past five years.

The FSSAI is the statutory body responsible for food safety standards in India. With this probe, it is expected to conduct a comprehensive investigation into Nestle’s practices regarding the composition of Cerelac baby cereals sold in the country to underscore the FMCG giant’s safety standards and consumer protection regulations.

 

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