FSSAI announces that golden syrup used in production of honey are strictly prohibited

Dec 31, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


Industry Specific Compliance

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on December 23, 2019, announces that the golden syrup or invert sugar syrup or rice syrup in the production of honey are strictly prohibited on the premises of honey manufacturing or processing units. The standards of honey are prescribed under the FSS (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, but it has been noted by the Authority that golden syrup or invert sugar syrup or rice syrup are sometimes used in the production of honey for being cheaper in cost and due to having similar physical properties and easy availability.

Thus, the Commissioner of Food Safety of all States/UTs and central Licensing Authorities are requested to inspect the premises of honey manufacturing or processing units at a regular basis and submit the action taken report to FSSAI. During inspection, if any evidence or presence of golden syrup or invert sugar syrup or rice syrup in any container or jars or receptacles is detected for which Food Business Operators (FBOs) is unable to account to the satisfaction of Inspecting Officers, the concerned FBOs are required to be prosecuted as penal provisions specified under the FSS Act, 2006.


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