Mumbai: As the covid-19 Pandemic many people have switched to the healthy lifestyle and clean surroundings and maintain food safety and other hygiene’s. All non-Packaged foods and sweets must have a “Expiry date”.
So in order to ensure better food safety, the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) directed businesses to carry a ‘best before’ date, even for non-packaged goods, and loose sweets like barfi, mithai, etc.
FSSAI made it compulsory that from October 1st all the shop owners have to put the date of manufacturing, and best before dates on all Non- Packaged goods and sweets which are sold loose.
FSSAI also mentioned the date of expiry is mandatory, the manufacturers can decide on whether they wish to also write the date of production, or not.
These orders came in light in the wake of the upcoming festivals like Diwali and Dussehra. This is the time where all the sweets and non-packaged items are sold in quantity. Chances are good that during this time the sellers sells expired foods which would result fatal.
The FSSAI has also prepared a guidelines based on which shopkeepers can decide on these dates. According to the note, milk and milk products should be consumed within 2 days of manufacturing, while sweets like laddoos and khoya based products can be kept for up to 4 days.
The FSSAI has also asked manufacturers of edible oil to not mix other vegetable oils with mustard oil.
“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.