- Soon, the restaurants in Maharashtra will have to display a signboard mentioning the calorie content in food items
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Maharashtra has sent a final proposal of the draft to the government
- Sources say the government is expected to take a final decision in a month’s time. In the first phase, the three and five-star hotels will be asked to display the calorie content in the food items
Soon, if you are partying with your family and friends at a hotel in Maharashtra, you will be able to count how many calories have you consumed. YES! It is true. The Maharashtra FDA has sent a final draft of the proposal to the government for approval.
The FDA, after speaking to all the stakeholders, has prepared this draft. Sources within the government state that within a month’s time, the government is expected to take a final call on this.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Pallavi Darade, Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, Maharashtra said, “We have submitted the draft to the government for approval. If the government accepts it, we shall be implementing the ‘Calorie Chart’ in the big hotels in the first phase. We have already spoken to the Aahar and Hotel association in the state.”
The FDA Maharashtra has come up with this ‘Calorie Chart’ as due to faulty lifestyle and bad eating habits cases of non-communicable disease like diabetes, hypertension, heart attack and obesity are on the rise in India. Junk food with high salt, sugar and fat is easily available for the people.
“Our plan is to make people aware of what they are eating and how many calories they are consuming. We have asked the hotels to display the approximate calories. A few restaurants in Mumbai have already started displaying the calorie board. This will be the first-of-its-kind program in India,” added Dr Darade.
The Food Standard and Safety Authority of India had also prepared a draft in 2018, on which the union government had called for the suggestions and objection from the people.