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 June 1.
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 June 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.