Because of disruption and lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic, Fssai has decided to extend (Final) to the date of enforcement for the display of " Date of Manufacturing" and " Best Before Date" of non-packaged/ Loose Sweets on their container/ tray at the outlet for sale from 1st August 2020 to 1st October 2020. During these periods, the Sweet owner can build a facility for the requirement.
In a relief for traditional sweet makers, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has decided to extend the deadline for enforcement of certain mandatory compliance norms for non-packaged sweets. This has been done as businesses are facing challenges due to the lockdown.
This decision was taken after industry body Federation of Sweets and Namkeens Manufacturers requested the Central government and the FSSAI to extend the date for enforcement of these new compliance norms
In February, FSSAI had decided to bring non-packaged traditional Indian sweets under the ambit of such labelling norms, after receiving complaints that stale or expired sweets were sold to consumers.
In the case of pre-packaged and packaged sweets, "Best Before Date" and "Date of Manufacturing" is already mandatory according to the FSS (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations 2011. Meanwhile, for loose sweets, the "Best Before Date" will be needed to be displayed on the labels of containers, in-line with the nature of ingredients used in the sweets and local conditions from October 1st.