'Menu will tell you how much fat you are eating'

New Delhi, Feb 10: In a move that will make food lovers happy, India's food regulator has sought that eating joints should declare the calorific and nutritive value of the food they serve in order to make consumers aware of how much calories they are consuming.

Currently, a few restaurants mainly in five-star hotels, offer separate menus for low-calorie food and also provide sugar-free options on demand without any details of calories and nutrition.

The move initiated by Indian food regulator has been inspired by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) which notified rules in December 2014 for the Nutrition Labelling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments. By May 5 this year, some categories of restaurants in the US will have to comply with these.

FSSAI is likely to follow the USFDA standards when it decides to notify rules, although there is no plan to do this immediately.

The food regulator is also working on standards for organic food, including grains, which will be notified by the end of February, according to sources.

The food services market in India is projected to grow from Rs 3.09 trillion in 2016 to Rs 4.98 trillion by 2021, expanding at an annual average rate of 10%, according to a NRAI-Technopak report.