Remove Bournvita as health drink: Centre's order to e-commerce firms
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Remove Bournvita as health drink: Centre's order to e-commerce firms

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has asked all e-commerce companies to remove all drinks and beverages, including Bournvita, from the category of 'health drinks' from e-commerce platforms.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has asked all e-commerce companies to remove all drinks and beverages, including Bournvita, from the category of 'health drinks' from their sites and platforms.

"National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, a statutory body constituted under section (3) of the commission for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005 after its inquiry under Section 14 of CPCR Act, 2005, concluded that there is no "Health Drink defined under FSS Act 2006, Rules and regulations as submitted by FSSAI and Mondelez India Food Pvt Ltd," the ministry said a notification.

The FSSAI's response came after it noted instances of food products licensed under 'proprietary food' with the nearest category – Dairy Based Beverage Mix, Cereal Based Beverage Mix, Malt Based Beverage – being sold on e-commerce websites under the category 'health drink' or 'energy drink'.

FSSAI has clarified that the term ‘health drink’ is not defined or standardised anywhere under the FSS Act 2006 or the rules and regulations made thereunder.

"Therefore, FSSAI has advised all e-commerce companies to promptly rectify this misclassification by removing or de-linking such drinks or beverages from the category of ‘health drinks/energy drinks’ on their websites and placing such products in the appropriate category as provided under the extant law," a statement said.

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Remove Bournvita as health drink: Centre's order to e-commerce firms

"Proprietary foods are items of food that are not standardised in food safety and standards (food product standards and food additives) regulations and food safety and standards (health supplements, nutraceuticals, food for special dietary use, food for special medical purpose, functional food, and novel food) regulations, but use standardised ingredients," it added.

The corrective action aims to enhance clarity and transparency regarding the nature and functional properties of the products, and ensuring that consumers can make well-informed choices without encountering misleading information, the statement further said.

Source: India Today

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