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Govt takes action against food manufacturers for misleading ads

NEW DELHI: The government has launched prosecution against the manufacturers of 19 food items for allegedly making misleading claims in the advertisements for their products, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday.

 

In a written reply, minister of state for health A H K Choudhary said the alleged misguiding claims in the advertisements for 38 food items were monitored by Food Safety Standards and Authority of India (FSSAI).

“So far 38 food items had been identified with misleading claims. Manufacturer of these articles were served with show-cause notices and their replies were examined at FSSAI by a three-member committee. As per recommendations of the committee, prosecutions have been launched in 19 cases by designated officers at regional level,” he said.

On a querry over sale of soft drinks in hospitals, Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that his ministry has not issued any directives in this regard.

“Since health is a state subject, it is up to the state governments to take decision in this regard,” he said.

Replying to a question on misuse of correction fluids and nail paint removers, Azad said the states have been requested to take action for enforcement of necessary measures by sensitising the industries producing these products.

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