Savitha Thirunavukkarasu, Researcher
This survey of Front of Pack Labelling preferences amongst consumers in Karnataka shows a clear preference for Front of Pack Warning Labels. As the FSSAI considers different labelling styles (while leaning towards the Health Star Rating system), this is important evidence that users find warning labels the easiest style to read and interpret.
CAG has been working towards effective implementation of the trans fat regulations in Tamil Nadu. Artificially produced trans fats like vanaspati, margarine, bakery shortenings, are harmful as they are major contributors to non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, cancer, etc. Used cooking oil is also an important source of trans fat. Experts say that during repeated frying , many properties of oil are altered.
Sharing Resources and Sustainable Consumption (SRSC) is about protecting the environment and natural resources from environmental degradation, and promoting a more sustainable lifestyle. Our consumption patterns have changed over the years due to several reasons like scientific and technological innovations, concepts of globalisation, liberalisation and the like. We consume more resources in daily life, in the form of transportation, electricity, appliances/accessories, logistics etc.
Globally, unhealthy diets are the main reason for the increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and the like, resulting in innumerable deaths year after year. Varieties of processed and ultra-processed foods, which contain trans fats, high salt, sugar, saturated fats, and refined carbohydrates, are available in the market making it hard for consumers to identify and select the ones that are nutritious.
CAG’ s survey report on ‘Understanding Trans fats - a Tamil Nadu focused multi-stakeholder study on usage, consumption, health implications, and laws’, reveals that most of the general consumers are not aware of the source and the ill effects of trans fats.
15th March is World Consumer Rights Day, an annual occasion for celebration, impact and global solidarity within the international consumer movement. Each year, consumer organisations mark the day by joining together to highlight and raise awareness on an issue that is important to consumers around the world.
CAG supports the implementation of national trans fats regulations in the state of Tamil Nadu and demands for reduction of trans fat limits to less than 3% by 2021 and 2% by 2022 in order to protect people from non-communicable diseases.