Country team for INFORMAS in India is run by The George Institute for Global Health. Indian food composition database using Foodswitch, now provides data of 16,000 packaged food products. Nutritional composition data were collected from the labels of all packaged food products sold in large chain retail stores and retail outlets. A research project entitled “Quality, access and affordability of foods for vulnerable populations in urban, rural and slum communities in India” was undertaken in 2018.  Specific objectives include, for packaged and unpackaged foods, measurement of the types of foods available, the completeness of food labelling, the nutritional quality of the foods and the price of the foods.

The India team is supported by INFORMAS, D. Bruce Neal Senior Director, Food Policy Division, The George Institute for Global Health.

Thout Sudhir Raj

Research Fellow, research & Development, Database Manager for India Food Composition Database-FoodSwitch (India) study

The George Institiute for Global Health, India

Phone: +91 403099 4444; M +91 99597 77976

Email:  Thout Sudhir Raj








Status (as of July 2019)

Public Sector (Food EPI)    
Private Sector    
Food Composition Data collection completed 1, 2
Food Labelling Data collection completed  
Food Promotion    
Food Prices Data collection completed  
Food Retail Data collection completed 12
Food Provision    
Food Trade & Investment Planning  


Technical report

  1. Salt content of processed foods India.–june-16.pdf

  1. Report on the comparative nutritional profile of 943 food And beverage products marketed by 12 large companies in India



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Centre for Chronic Disease Control & Prevention, India.