FSSAI directed by CCPA to look into the matter of honey adulteration, notice sent to 6 firms for false Covid-19 protection claims.

Background

(CSE) released a report last week claiming that several major Indian brands are adulterating honey with sugar syrup.

Outcome

After this incident, the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) has sent notices to six companies (including a liquid floor cleaner manufacturer, hand sanitiser manufacturer, silk dress company and a popular apparel company,) for falsely claiming that their products are resistant to the novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2.

Observation of CCPA

“Misleading claims can take consumers for a ride and particularly when there is so much of fear of COVID-19. We have taken this step to deter others from making any such claims without having evidence to substantiate them.”

Directions issues by CCPA

1. It had referred the matter to the FSSAI in accordance with Section 19(2) of the Consumer Protection Act 2019, after preliminary examination, to take appropriate action in the matter.

2. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is directed to take appropriate action against adulteration of honey by certain brands.

3. CCPA has offered to extend cooperation in investigation of the matter for taking class action as envisaged in section 10 of the Act.

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