All non-packaged or loose sweets sold to carry a ‘best before’ date from today
The FSSAI has directed sweet shop owners to carry a ‘best before’ date for non-packaged or loose sweets in order to ensure better food safety. The directive has to be followed from today, the FSSAI said. While mentioning the date of expiry is mandatory, the manufacturers can decide on whether they wish to also write date of production, it added.
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.