A study by the George Institute for Global Health and Centre for Chronic Disease Control have found that an alarming number of packaged food available in India either do not mention sodium content, or carry misleading information on their labels.

The study, which covered over 7,000 packaged food items, found that almost two-thirds fell short of norms, according to Vivekananda Jha, Executive Director, George Institute. “Noodles and biscuits were among the foods that either did not have sodium labels or had incorrect ones,” he said.

Sodium occurs naturally in a range of products, and this has to be factored in while assessing a person’s sodium consumption. When this is not taken into account, and labels on packaged foods are misleading or wrong, consumers could be at risk.

Doctors in Chennai emphasise that any form of sodium will add up and eventually lead to hypertension, known as a silent killer and the world’s biggest cause of death. It also leads to kidney problems.

With changing dietary patterns which gives children a taste for high-sodium food, and 35% of the adult population of the country reporting hypertension, salt reduction is a must, doctors warn. They stress the importance of consumer awareness, and being meticulous about checking product labels for any kind of sodium content.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com

Guide to approaching a consumer court

India's first practical guide to resolving your complaints by approaching consumer court. Guidance
Customer Complaint


Enter your email address to subscribe to our Newsletter.