FSSAI ban on use of staple pins in tea bags

Jan 30, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on January 29, 2019 has banned the use of staple pins in tea bags.

FSSAI vide Order No. 1-95/Stds/Misc/SP(L&C/A)/FSSAI-2015 dated July 18, 2017 and November 15, 2017 has directed the Food Business Operators to discontinue manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of stapled tea bags by June 30, 2019.

Subsequently, several representations have been received from FBOs raising the issue of cost involved in changing over staple-less machines and presence of a few manufacturers of such machines globally. The matter has been examined and the following has been decided:

a)      Blanket extension of further time period for implementation of order dated November 15, 2017 shall not be given to the FBOs. However, extension of time may be given on case to case basis based on firm commitment from the FBOs with proper proof to change over within a specified time.

b)      All FBOs in tea bag manufacturing are directed to submit their plan to change over to new system by procuring the new machines or modifying the existing machines.

URL: https://fssai.gov.in/home/compliance/compliance-orders.html


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