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Consumer Affairs Minister requests FSSAI to investigate ingredients in Nestle’s Cerelac baby cereals sold in India, reports ET HealthWorld

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Consumer Affairs Min asks FSSAI to probe composition of Nestle's Cerelac baby cereals sold in India, ET HealthWorld

The Consumer Affairs Ministry has requested the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to investigate the composition of Nestle’s Cerelac baby cereals following a global report alleging higher sugar content in the product. Swiss NGO, Public Eye, and International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) found that Nestle sold baby products with higher sugar content in less developed South Asian countries including India, Africa, and Latin American nations compared to European markets.

Consumer Affairs Secretary and Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) chief Nidhi Khare stated that the Department of Consumer Affairs is concerned about Nestle’s manufacturing practices in India, particularly regarding the sugar content in Nestle Cerelac cereals. The report highlighted that Nestle allegedly adds 2.7 grams of sugar per serving in Cerelac baby cereals sold in India, while avoiding such practices in countries like Germany, Switzerland, France, and the UK.

Khare emphasized the importance of ensuring the health and safety of citizens, especially infants and young children, and called for FSSAI to initiate appropriate action into Nestle’s practices regarding the composition of Cerelac baby cereals in India. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has also taken note of the report and issued a notice to FSSAI.

Nestle India responded by stating that it prioritizes reducing added sugars in baby food products, with reductions of up to 30% in variants over the past five years. The company stressed its commitment to compliance with local and international standards, including CODEX standards established by WHO and FAO. The report revealed variations in sugar content in Nestle Cerelac products across different countries, with discrepancies in the declaration of sugar content on packaging. FSSAI has been urged to investigate the matter further to ascertain the facts.

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