4 FSSAI Bans You Should Know About and raise voice if found
BOOK A FREE CONSULTATION
Get help from an experienced legal adviser. Schedule your consultation at a time that works for you and it's absolutely FREE.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been implementing numerous changes, which have led to advanced standards in food safety and quality in the country.
As consumers, we are speedy to react to any slip-ups from a brand name or government body. However, we don’t frequently show appreciation to the good food items.
Here’s a list of a few practices that have been banned by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India FSSAI, but they still carry on because of lack of knowledge and awareness.
1. Animal origin silver Coating
The silver leaf coating, also known as chandi ka parrat, that was used by sweet makers to decorate various Indian sweets, including kaju katli, paan, and Elachi, has been banned. There were concerns that the silver coating contained heavy metal traces such as chromium, nickel, cadmium, and lead —which are harmful to human health.
The 2016 regulation stated, “It should be in the form of a sheet of consistent thickness, free from creases and folds. The weight of the silver coating should not exceed 2.8g/sq m, and silver content should be of minimum 999/1,000 fineness.”
2. Toluene in printing food packets
Toluene is a liquid chemical that is used in paint thinners. Although with many layers between the packing material and the food item, toluene still infuse into the food items. Toluene can potentially cause liver and kidney damage. Although it has been banned across the food industry, it is a widely used for printing on packaging material in the country!
3. Health supplements as medicines
Since the last year, health supplements manufacturing companies have come under the scrutiny.
There were research and reports that figured out the harm that health supplements cause in the long run.
According to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India FSSAI, “every food or health supplements product must contain the information on the package label ‘NOT FOR MEDICINAL USE’
We must recommend you to check product label before purchasing
4. Stapler pins in tea bags
Do you memorize seeing the tea bag stapled few days before? If yes, then you can write down to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India FSSAI and submit an official complaint.
In July 2017, a circular was issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India FSSAI banning tea manufacturers from using stapler pins in tea bags