India's proposed star-based rating system for packaged food a 'disaster in the making'

Critics of the scheme say it will mislead consumers by conveying "approval" for unhealthy processed foods. PHOTO: REUTERS
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NEW DELHI - Health experts and consumer rights advocates in India are up in arms about a proposed star-based front-of-pack labelling (FOPL) system intended to deter rising consumption of unhealthy processed food in the country.

They claim it will instead mislead consumers by conveying "approval" for such items high in sugar, salt and saturated fats.

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