All sweet shops will soon be required to declare the manufacturing and best-before dates of all sweets, India’s food safety regulator has ruled.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), in its latest notification, has directed Sweetshops to display the manufacturing and the best-before dates for loose sweets, effective October 1.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India on Friday came up with an order making it mandatory for all sweet shop owners to display the Best Before Date depending on the local weather conditions. This will come into effect from October 1.
Besides the Best Before the date, the sweet business owners can also display the date of manufacturing, but that would be voluntary and non-binding.
At present, it is mandatory to mention these details on labels of prepackaged/pre-packed sweets.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a direction in this regard after reports of instances of sale of stale/expired sweets to consumers posing potential health hazards.
“In the public interest and to ensure food safety, it has been decided that in case of non-packaged/loose sweets, the container/tray holding sweets at the outlet for sale should display the ‘date of manufacturing’ and ‘best before date’ of the product,” the FSSAI order stated.
An outlet, on average, has as many as 200 varieties of sweets to sell, which are made from different kinds of ingredients and therefore have different duration of shelf life.
Hence from Oct 1, when you buy your favorite Kunda or be it, the Kaju Katli don’t forget to see the date of manufacturing and ‘best before date’ of the product.