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India Takes Companies With Errant Labels To Court

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India Takes Companies With Errant Labels To Court

FSSAI Starts New Initiative For Correct Labels

It's expected that companies include accurate information on their product labels, whether that is in regard to nutrition or other beneficial claims the business makes. In any case, labels are required to be correct, and those that fall foul of government labeling regulation may have a trip to court in the near future, as several companies in India have seen recently.

According to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the government body is cracking down on companies that mislabel their products. The FSSAI has so far identified 38 junk food products with bad labeling practices and filed lawsuits against 15 businesses because of mislabeling tendencies in a bid to enhance its enforcement responsibilities.

Notable Companies Cited For Bad Labels
A few large, multinational companies were among those the FSSAI identified in its labels probe, including Heinz India, Glaxo SmithKline, Kellogg's India and Cadbury. However, according to Food and Beverage News, representatives for Heinz's operations said the company had received no such notice from the FSSAI on its legal intentions.

The website also said Glaxo SmithKline, which markets a product called "Boost," claims the chocolate milk supplements provide three times the stamina as other products, yet no such study backs up the veracity of its labeling claims.