Kazakhstan to introduce color marking for food products24/12/2018

The novelty concerns producers of flour, confectionary, dairy, meat products, drinks, tinned food.  

Producers will be obliged to indicate the concentration level of sugar, fat, and salt on packages of products in Kazakhstan. Colors will perform this function, Chairman of the Public Health Protection Committee of the Ministry of Healthcare of Kazakhstan Zhandarbek Bekshin told, BNews.kz correspondent reports. 

Food safety is under the discussion by Kazakh and foreign experts at the Forum 'Food Safety and Marking' in the Kazakh city of Almaty. So food products will possibly be marked by colors in the near future in Kazakhstan.    

"We are to discuss the introduction of color marking: green, red and yellow, which are not there to indicate whether the product is bad or not. However, it is that if it is green, then it contains a minimum amount of carbohydrate calories, sugar, and salt. These products are good only in small amounts. Red color stands for a maximum concentration, and yellow - something in between green and red," said Zhandarbek Bekshin. 

He noted that this would enable the person to decide what product to consume. 'Traffic light' stripes on the package imply the concentration of sugar, salt, and fat. As an example, according to Zhandarbek Bekishin, the norm is 35-40 grams of sugar in any products. 

The novelty concerns producers of flour, confectionary, dairy, meat products, drinks, tinned food.  

Color marking has already been introduced in USA, France, and Great Britain. 

The Forum also touched upon labeling issues as the fine print and its variants make it difficult to reach the composition of food. Now specialists are to decide what information should be on labels, its variant, and print. 

"As for labeling, there are general requirements, and it is time to advance the labeling for the convenience of consumers so they could get the necessary information on a small package. There are cases when labels do not include any information, they only duplicate each other. Issues on the diversity of the print, the small print must be raised. One should carry a magnifying glass to discern information. The sort of information and its size is also under discussion," said Bekshin. 

Note, food security is a key issue in Kazakhstan. Thus, the country conducts tests on GMO, studies to identify meat products - DNA, studies on drug, medication, growth hormones and so on.

Following this year, 145 cases of contradictions in DNA in meat products have been revealed. 

"Dairy and fat and oil products are among the products largely falsified, milk fat replaced by vegetable fat, milk protein - by vegetable protein and other additives. These studies are set for the current level," said Zhandarbek Bekshin. 

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