‘Finest earlier than’ label should on free sweets from October 1

Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 25

From October 1 this year, a “best before date” label will become mandatory for all loose sweet packets and non packaged sweets.

In an important notification issued on Friday, the apex food regulator of India said the decision had been taken in public interest.

“It has been decided that in case of non packaged and loose sweets, the container and tray holding the sweets at the outlet for sale must display the best before date mandatorily from October 1, 2020.

“In addition to this the food business operator dealing in loose sweets may also display the date of manufacturing which shall be voluntary and non binding,” an order from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India said today.

The FSSAI added that FBOs will decide and display the best before date of sweets depending on the nature of the product and the local conditions.

The FSSAI also issued an indicative list of shelf life of various types of sweets under a document, “Guidance Note on Safety of Traditional Milk products.”

Centre bars blending in mustard oil

The FSSAI through a separate order today also barred the blending of mustard oil. The FSSAI regulations of 2011 permit admixture of any two edible vegetable oils where the proportion by weight of any edible oil used in the admixture is not less than 20 per cent.

“Now the government after due deliberation has decided to direct the FSSAI to prohibit blending in mustard oil,” an FSSAI order said.

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