Soft drinks firms in India are "flouting rules" on labelling

Soft drinks firms in India are "flouting rules" on labelling

Soft drinks firms in India are ignoring regulations by not printing ingredients on glass bottled drinks, according to reports.

Right To Information (RTI) activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal filed an application with the government’s food processing department in 2008, seeking to find out if it is compulsory for soft drink companies to print ingredients on glass bottled drinks, The Calcutta Tube reported on Friday (9 July).

Agrawal said soft drink companies are not printing the ingredients on bottles, despite being asked to by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to do so.

In a reply last week, the organisation confirmed that it was compulsory for the companies to print ingredients on bottled drinks from March 2009.

“None of the companies print ingredients on the refilled bottles despite the orders. Stringent action should be taken against those violating the rules,” Agrawal told the publication.

However, taking note of the delay in providing information, the Central Information Commission (CIC) fined the ministry’s chief public information officer SL Barodia INR25,000 (US$534) for keeping a query under the RTI Act pending for a year and seven months.

Agrawal could not be reached for comment.