UPSC General Studies Solved Paper - General Studies-2016

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    With reference to pre-packaged items in India, it is mandatory to the manufacturer to put which of the following information on the main label, as per the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011?
    1. List of ingredients including additives
    2. Nutrition information
    3. Recommendations, if any, made by the medical profession about the possibility of any allergic reactions
    4. Vegetarian/non-vegetarian
    Select the correct answer using the codes given below

    A)  1, 2 and 3        

    B)  2, 3 and 4

    C)  1, 2 and 4        

    D)         1 and 4

    Correct Answer: C

    Solution :

    Exp. [c] Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is the apex body in the country which takes care of the quality and safety standards with respect to raw, processed and packaged food products in the country. FSSAI had issued the Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 and the Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulations, 2011 which prescribe the quality and safety standards, respectively for food products. In these regulations unless the context otherwise requires: ? 'Best before' means the date which signifies the end of the period under any stated storage conditions during which the food shall remain fully marketable. ? 'Date of manufacture' means the date on which the food .becomes the product as described. ? 'Date of packaging' means the date on which the food is placed in the immediate container in which it will be ultimately sold. ? 'Infant' means a child not more than twelve months of age. ? 'Multipiece package' means a package containing two or more individually packaged or labelled pieces of the same commodity of identical quantity. ? 'Non- Vegetarian Food' means an article of food which contains whole or part of any animal including birds, fresh water or marine animals or eggs or products of any animal origin, but excluding milk or milk products, as an ingredient. ? 'Prepackaged' or 'Pre-packed food', means food, which is placed in a package of any nature, in such a manner that the contents cannot be changed without tampering it and which is ready for sale to the consumer. ? 'Use-by date' or 'Recommended last consumption date' or 'Expiry date' means the date which signifies the end of the estimated period under any stated storage conditions, after which the food probably will not have the quality and safety attributes normally expected by the consumers and the food shall not be sold. ? 'Vegetarian Food' means any article of food other than Non- Vegetarian Food as defined in regulation.

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