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Ensure no beverage is sold as ‘health drink’: NCPCR

Mar 19,2024

New Delhi: Noting that there was no mention of ‘health drink’ in the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 , the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has written to the department of consumer affairs of all states and Union Territories recommending that “no drink, beverages including Bournvita and other similar products should be sold under the category of health drink in stores/shops.”

NCPCR chief Priyank Kanoongo has also written to the ministry of commerce and industry and recommended that directions may be issued to all e-commerce companies to remove drinks and beverages from the category of health drinks from their sites. The commission has sought an action taken report by March 23.

NCPCR said it had taken cognisance of reports regarding “some health — powder drinks claiming to be energy drinks containing high percentage of sugar and other harmful content for health of children ie — Bournvita an energy drink for children”.

NCPCR had issued notices to Mondelez India food Pvt Ltd that manufactures Bournvita, ministry of consumer affairs and Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI). FSSAI in its response said the word ‘health drink’ is not defined under the Food Safety and Standard Act 2006.

Source: Healthworld