‘Best Before Date’ On Non-Packaged Sweets Must From June, Says Food Regulator
A vendor sells ladoo, a local sweet, in the Azadpur Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: Amit Bhargava/Bloomberg News)  

‘Best Before Date’ On Non-Packaged Sweets Must From June, Says Food Regulator

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From June, even local sweet shops will have to display the 'best before date' and 'date of manufacturing' on non-packaged or loose sweets kept in a container or tray for sale at their outlets.

At present, it is mandatory to mention these details on labels of pre-packaged/pre-packed sweets. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has issued a direction in this regard after reports of instances of sale of stale/expired sweets to consumers posing potential health hazards.

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"In 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. This will be effective from June 1, 2020, it added.

The regulator said that food business operators should decide and display the 'best before date' of sweets depending upon the nature of the product and local conditions. Food safety commissioners of states have been asked to ensure compliance with these directions, the order added.

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