More news from India: imports food safety is a hot concern for authorities as the country begins to create stricter labeling and packaging rules. This is especially true with importers who are concerned with how their products are marketed.
About two weeks ago (16th September), the Bombay high court released the restrictions of detained canola oil imported by Dalmia Continental Ltd. In Mumbai alone, at least five companies (Barry Callebaut India Pvt. Ltd, the Indian arm of Swiss chocolate firm Neulife Nutrition Systems Pvt. Ltd; Tata Starbucks Ltd and Vital Nutraceuticals Pvt. Ltd) have gone to court after the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) detained their cisugnments.
Why were items detained? According to the Food and Safety Standards Act, all imported food proucts except single ingredients, must show a list of ingredients, manufacture and expiry dates on their packaging. When this article is not met, goods have to be banned. From the FSSAI data colloected, during the first half of 2014, nearly a fifth of the 1,777 samples taken in the laboratories failed to meet the food safety standards and quality parameters.
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