Panaji: The Directorate of Food and Drugs Administration has noticed that instances have been reported of stale / expired sweets being sold to consumers, posing potential health hazards. In case of pre-packaged sweets, the “Date of Manufacturing” and “Best before Date”, of the products must be mentioned on their labels, as per the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011.
To ensure food safety, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, has 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. This will be effective from June 1, 2020.
The food business operators will decide and display the “Best before Date” of sweets, depending upon the nature of the product and local conditions. As indicative list of shelf life of various types of sweets is given in the Guidance Note on Safety and Quality of Traditional Milk Products, which is available on FSSAI website.
All food business operators dealing in sweets shall strictly comply with the above directives of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.