‘Check and Chew Foreign Chocolates’

Published: 06th December 2014 06:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th December 2014 06:18 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: The country’s Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) has been facing roadblocks in regulating imported goods, especially chocolates, even as the regulatory body has brought within its ambit about 30 lakh food business operators.

Speaking at a two-day national seminar on Consumer Product Safety, organised by CONCERT and sponsored by the US Consulate here, FSSAI chairman K Chandramouli said during the Deepavali season, a large chunk of chocolates shipped to India violated domestic regulations of ‘zero vegetable fat’.

While the companies adhered to the US and the European food safety standards, they failed to satisfy Indian standards, he said.

“On testing one of the brands, we found that it contained 70 per cent of vegetable oil,” Chandramouli said, adding that the FSSAI drew flak for its action while cracking down on imported chocolates. He said some of the imported goods used Chinese or Arabic labelling, making it difficult for Indian consumers to ascertain their manufacturing and expiry dates. However, the situation had improved with FSSAI’s intervention, he said.

Speaking of another hurdle in the registration of food business operators, Chandramouli said, “This is applicable from a small-time sundal vendor to big corporate food manufacturers. It’s a tough task and for the last three years, we have had only 30,000 registered operators.”

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp