Consumer rights group CERC (Consumer Education and Research centre) has approached the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), seeking regulations to limit the amount of fat and sugar in cream biscuits.
CERC said that it had tested 10 major brands of cream biscuits at its in-house laboratory in Ahmedabad and most of them had “unacceptably high sugar and fat content”.
Chief General manager of CERC Pritee Shah said, “FSSAI should set mandatory upper limits for fat and sugar in cream biscuits,“ which she also wrote in a recent letter to FSSAI chief executive Pawan Kumar Agarwal. “Cream biscuits do come in the category of HFSS (high fat, sugar and salt) foods. But, how unhealthy the brands available in the market are, was a revelation,“ the letter said.
CERC said that it tested cream biscuit brands of ITC, Britannia, Parle, Mondelez, Patanjali and Windsor. While fat content in six of the 10 brands was more than 20g-100g, sugar content was over 25g-100g in all the tested products.