FSSAI Action Against Sweets
FSSAI Takes Action Against Sweets with Excessive Colourants Ahead of Deepavali in Coimbatore
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) confiscated and destroyed 501.3 kg of sweets, valued at ₹1.10 lakh, due to the use of artificial colourants exceeding permissible limits. Nine FSSAI teams conducted inspections at 104 locations, including manufacturers, wholesalers, festival-specific producers, and retailers from November 1 to 6.
The seized sweets, including laddoo and jalebi, were found to contain indiscriminate amounts of artificial colouring agents. Seven samples were sent for examination at a government laboratory. Notices were issued to 45 traders under Section 55 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
During the six-day special drive in Coimbatore city and rural areas, FSSAI identified one sweet manufacturing unit operating in unhygienic conditions. The unit was instructed to rectify anomalies, with a subsequent inspection planned.
FSSAI imposed ₹2,000 fines on seven shops using banned plastic carry bags for sweet deliveries. Additionally, 16 traders selling prohibited tobacco products were fined ₹5,000 each during joint operations with the police.
Surprise checks in sweet shops and manufacturing units will persist until Deepavali. Customers can report concerns to FSSAI through the WhatsApp helpline at 94440-42322 or the TN Foodsafety Consumer App.