1. Print label details of pre-packed food in big size: Government to manufacturing companies

Print label details of pre-packed food in big size: Government to manufacturing companies

In relief to consumers, the government has made it mandatory for manufacturing companies to print details like expiry date and net quantity on labels on all pre-packaged food in a "bigger font size".

By: | New Delhi | Published: July 7, 2017 6:23 PM
consumer rights, consumer rights forum, manufacturing date on commodities, expiry date on commodities, net quantity commodities, pre packaged food labels, government food details, amendment Legal Metrology, Packaged commodities, interest of consumers, Ram Vilas Paswan In relief to consumers, the government has made it mandatory for manufacturing companies to print details like expiry date and net quantity on labels on all pre-packaged food in a “bigger font size”. (Reuters)

In relief to consumers, the government has made it mandatory for manufacturing companies to print details like expiry date and net quantity on labels on all pre-packaged food in a “bigger font size”. These changes have been effected through an amendment to the Legal Metrology (Packaged commodities) Rules, 2011, by the consumer affairs ministry. “We have done this in the interest of consumers, who should clearly be able to see the details mentioned in the label of pre-packaged food,” Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters today. Five declarations are a must to be printed on the label. These include MRP (maximum retail price), manufacturing data, expiry date, net quantity and consumer care details. “The size of words and numbers for mandatory declarations has been increased so that a consumer can easily read,” Paswan said. At present, the declarations on the label are printed in such small fonts that consumers have complained to the government and even made representation to address the issue.

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Besides, Paswan said no dual MRP will be allowed and testing of net quantity and its declaration on pre-packaged food have been made more scientific in the interest of industries. “No person shall declare different MRPs on an identical pre-packaged commodity by adopting respective trade practices or unfair trade practices as defined under the Consumer Protection Act,” he added.

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