Stringent labelling

Published: Wednesday 31 October 2001

the Union government has recently notified the draft rules to amend the Prevention of Food Adulteration (PFA) Rules, 1955. The rules seek declaration about addition of fruit pulp, juice, colour and artificial sweetener made to any foodstuff. They also advocate that the 'date of manufacture' and 'the best before date' should be mentioned on the body of the bottles of beverages and soft drinks instead of on the crown. A time span of five years has been given to phase out the existing bottles that do not comply with the requirements of the notification.

The Union ministry of health has issued another notification about declaring the presence of any ingredient of animal origin, excluding milk and its products, in foodstuffs. The declaration must be displayed prominently as brown circle inside a square with a brown outline on the packets of the foodstuffs. This notification will come into effect from October 4, 2001.

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