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Many Food Articles Having Ingredients Sourced From Animals Are Passed Off As Veg – DELHI HC

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By – Neha Virmani

Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh while hearing the case ( Ram Gaua Raksha Dal v. UOI) regarding the the failure of the authorities, Central Government and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, in checking the lapses is not only leading to non compliance of food safety standards.

It was stated by the bench that the there shall be a disclosure of not only the code names but also as to whether the food item originate from plant, or animal source, further observed that any failure on the part of the Food Business Operators to make full disclosures would expose them to class action for violation.

However, it has been observed that the Food Business Operators do not disclose in their packaging that the food article

wherein the said ingredient is used, is a non-vegetarian.

The plea also added that there is a rising consciousness to avoid using products and commodities that have taken their final shape by exploiting an animal.

Thus, after hearing the plea the court noted that Disodium Inosinate, an ingredient often used in instant noodles, potato chips, etc are rather skied and not mentioned.

Hence, The bench observed that The Court directed the FSSAI to file a compliance report in the matter before January 30, 2022, the next date of hearing.

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