Friday, December 10, 2021

Everyone has a right to know what they are consuming: Delhi High Court

"We are directing you to disclose the source of all the ingredients. Everyone has a right to know what he or she is consuming. One should not resort to deceit or camouflage of the ingredients or the source. Please ensure that there should be full and complete disclosure of any article; not just by its codename or food name but also in normal terms."

"A simple Google search would how the ingredient is also sometimes sourced from pig fat. Yet, the food business operators are not disclosing the source. News of non-vegetarian ingredients could offend the sensibilities of strict vegetarians."

The Court directed that the disclosure should entail the exact specifications of the source and ingredients in simple, layman's terms. It pointed out that the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, did not account for this aspect.

"The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 does not specifically encourage the food business operators to disclose the source of their ingredients. It should be clearly stated whether it is plant-based, animal-based or chemical-based. Everything has to be mentioned," the Court added.

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