FSSAI issues letter related to toys and gift items with food products

Jul 31, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Commercial Compliance

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on July 22, 2019, issues letter considering the safety of public at large, there is a need to discourage food business from providing any toy or gift item inside the food packages especially in case of food which is likely to be ingested directly by an infant or a small child. FSSAI has observed that many a times non food items are packed with food items as free toys or gifts. Such non-food items if accidentally swallowed by children may endanger their life or health.

The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 defines “unsafe food” means an article of food whose nature, substance or quality is so affected as to render it injurious to health by virtue of its being mis-branded or sub-standard or food containing extraneous matter.

The FSSAI notifies that the promotional free toys or gift items may be provided separately or packed separately. The colour, texture and nature of toy or gift item should not at all resemble the food product inside food package. The Commissioner of Food Safety of all State or Union Territories are requested to make efforts for generating awareness amongst all stakeholders to discourage the practice of packing of such toys or gifts with food products for infants and small children.



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