Food safety and hygiene: All non-packaged or loose sweets sold will carry a ‘best before’ date from October 1& |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India directed sweet shop owners to carry a ‘best before’ date for non-packaged, loose sweets
- The directives are to be followed from October 1, 2020
- The order comes in wake of the festive season ahead, where adulteration and sale of expired food items becomes common
New Delhi: As the world moves forward and adapts to the new normal that COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it, people are way more conscious, almost borderline paranoid about hygiene, food safety and other measures. In order to ensure better food safety, the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India directed businesses to carry a ‘best before’ date, even for non-packaged goods, and loose sweets.
Last week, the FSSAI came up with an order that made carrying the date of manufacturing, and best before dates, compulsory for all sweet shop owners, from October 1, 2020. For all non-packaged goods and loose sweets, the trays and containers that carry the product should display these dates. While mentioning the date of expiry is mandatory, the manufacturers can decide on whether they wish to also write the date of production, or not.
The orders have been issued in the wake of the festive season of Diwali and Dushehra when the demand for such sweets, condiments, and food products is high. Selling of expired, adulterated goods also becomes common during this time, which has also shown to be fatal in many cases.
Some directives as issued by the FSSAI
The FSSAI has also prepared a guidance note based on which shopkeepers can decide on these dates. According to the note, milk and milk products should be consumed within two days of manufacturing, while sweets like laddoos and khoya products can be kept for up to 4 days. The health agency has also asked manufacturers of edible oil to not mix other vegetable oils with mustard oil, in order to keep the purity intact.
“From Oct 1, no manufacturing of blended edible vegetable oil with mustard oil as an ingredient shall be allowed,” the FSSAI said in another order. While earlier an admixture of two vegetable oils in which one component has to be a minimum of 20% by weight was allowed, the government decided to prohibit such blending in the case of mustard oil for domestic consumption in the public interest, the FSSAI said.
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