The FSS (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations 2011 distinctly specify standards for Coffee and Coffee-Chicory mixtures. Accordingly, the coffee content in the Coffee-Chicory mixture shall not be less than 51 per cent by mass and every package containing a mixture of coffee and chicory. Moreover, the percentage content of Coffee and Chicory must be declared on its label in compliance with the FSS (Packaging and Labelling) Regulation 2011. Besides, pre-packaged food shall not be described or presented on any label or in any labelling manner that is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its character in any respect.
Further, the FSS(Advertising and Claims) Regulations, 2018 stipulates that the term “pure” shall only be used to describe a single ingredient food to which nothing has been added.
Obtrusively, the products available in the market are in violation of the above FSSR provisions and are either depicting Coffee-Chicory mixtures as Pure Coffee or are not declaring percentage content of coffee and chicory separately in the mixtures.
Suffice to say that it is crucial to ensure necessary compliance of the above FSSR provisions for all such products and take appropriate regulatory action against the FBOs for violating the FSS regulations w.r.t. standards of coffee and coffee-chicory mixture.