Coimbatore

Sweet makers told to maintain quality

Should mention expiry date and avoid gift packs

The Designated Officer, Food Safety department, R. Kathiravan, on Tuesday asked manufacturers of milk sweets to avoid gift packs and display expiry date.

The Food Safety Department conducted an awareness session for sweet manufactureres in Salem on do’s and don’ts’ in manufacturing sweets for the forthcoming Diwali season. As many as 200 sweet and savouries manufacturers from the district took part in the session.

The department officials advised the manufacturers in maintaining hygiene in the kitchens. The manufacturers were also advised on use of artificial colours in the preparation of sweets and savouries. An exhibition of sweets prepared using permissible and non-permissible levels of artificial colours was also held as part of the event.

Dr. Kathiravan said, “the shelf life of milk sweets are less, hence it is better to avoid them in gift packs. Manufacturers must also compulsorily display the date of manufacturing and expiry date of the products on the packaging.” The manufacturers were also advised to source raw materials, especially ghee only from licensed manufacturers. Dr. Kathiravan said that sweets manufactured from unlicensed ghee would be destroyed.

He added that only 100 ppm of permissible colours must be used for preparation of sweets. He added that teams would be formed for inspection of manufacturing units and action would be taken against violators under various sections of Food Safety Act.

Dr. Kathiravan mentioned that similar sessions would be conducted for unorganised sector manufacturers at block level.

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