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FOOD SAFETY AND STANDARDS (LABELLING AND DISPLAY) REGULATIONS-INDIA-FSSAI Guidelines

Updated: Jul 15


FOOD SAFETY AND STANDARDS (LABELLING AND DISPLAY) REGULATIONS-INDIA-FSSAI Guidelines

While understanding the full guide can be complex , Myperfectpack give you simple checklist to ensure your food labels are are per FSSAI guidelines .


Government agencies all around the globe have stringent policies in place for food labelling and food packaging designs. In India, the FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) is the authority that mandates the food labelling norms. Whenever there is a launch of a new food product or the packaging gets renewed, the producer needs to adhere to FSSAI guidelines on the labelling of food products.

With so many FSSAI label rules in place, there is every chance for errors creeping in. Any inadvertent mistake in complying with FSSAI food labelling rules may lead to fines, penalties, product recalls, or delays in a scheduled product launch. However, with proper knowledge of the FSSAI labelling rules, you can steer your product clear of all these situations.


When you connect with Myperfectpacl graphic design or design your product label, ensure following:


Labeling guidelines for prepack foods : Before start printing and connecting myperfectpack designer, ensure you have following information . This will make sure your design are as per government guidelines and design are completed with in time


Product Labeling Information

FSSAI Guidelines Reference

Remarks

Best Before Date

FSSAI regulation 4, of chapter 2 , point 2

Date of manufacture

FSSAI regulation 4, of chapter 2 , point 2

Date of packaging

FSSAI regulation 4, of chapter 2 , point 2

Lot number /Batch Number

Chapter 2, regulation 5

Non-vegetarian food / Veg Food

FSSAI regulation 4, of chapter 2

Use by” or “expiry

FSSAI regulation 4, of chapter 2

Ingredients/List of Ingredients

Regulation 5, Chapter 2 ,3

Nutritional information (MUST)

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

Serving or serve size

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

Manufactured by (Mfg by, Mfd by)”

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

Marketed by (Mkt by)

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

FSSAI logo and license number.

Chapter 2, regulation 5, point 7

Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN)- Barcode

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

Name and address of the manufacturer or packer

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

TM( Trademark) can be used only with TM certificate

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

Storage Instructions

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

Not for Retail Sale

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

Fortified With Logo (If required)

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

Certified Organic Food required " Jaivik Bharat" Logo

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

Any Warning/ Declaration on Food for ex. Tobocco

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

CRUSH THE BOTTLE AFTER USE

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

DISPOSE THE BOTTLE RESPONSIBLY

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

PROCESSED BY RADIATION

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

NOT TO BE USEDFOR INFANTS BELOW SIX MONTHS

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

NOT TO BE SOLD LOOSE.

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

Gluten Free

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

Any Flavour Added

Regulation 5 , Point "G"

Food additives

Regulation5, Chapter 3, Point X

Foods for Special Dietary Uses (FSDU

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

Purposes(FSMP)

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

Name & address of the importer

Regulation 5, Chapter 2

For Imported products

Blended and Bottled by

Regulation 5, Chapter 2


Importer FSSAI Logo

Importer Packaging Details

Chapter 2, regulation 5

Country of Origin of product

Chapter 2, regulation 5, point 12

Net quantity of product

Chapter 2, regulation 5, point 8

Retail Sale Price

Chapter 2, regulation 5, point 8

Consumer Care details

Chapter 2, regulation 5, point 8

Storage conditions after opening the pack

Chapter 2, regulation 5

Refrigerate after opening

Chapter 2, regulation 5

Food allergen

Chapter 2, regulation 5

Not meant for human consumption Logo

Chapter 2, regulation 5, point 15

example Pooja water, Ghee for diya, Oil for Pooja

Milk & Milk Product Info

Chapter 2, regulation 5

Contain artificial sweetener

Chapter 2, regulation 5

Refined (name of the Oil) Oil

Chapter 2, regulation 5

Contains Trehalose

Chapter 2, regulation 5

Contains Dietary Fibre (Dextrin)

Chapter 2, regulation 5

Contains Plant Sterol (as Phytosterols)

Chapter 2, regulation 5

colour

Chapter 2, regulation 5

NOT TO BE USED FOR INFANTS BELOW SIX MONTHS

Chapter 2, regulation 5

For Milk Powder

Other information :

  • Crustacean and their products (To be declared as Crustacean

  • Milk & Milk products(To be declared as Milk);

  • Eggs and egg products (To be declared as Egg);

  • Fish and fish products (To be declared as Fish);

  • Peanuts, tree nuts (e.g. almonds, walnuts, pistachio, cashew nuts) and their

  • products (To be declared as Nut);

  • Soybeans and their products (To be declared as Soy);

  • Sulphite in concentrations of 10mg/kg or more(To be declared assulphite)


Definitions. -(1) In these regulations unless the context otherwise requires: - (a)“Act” means the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (Act 34 of 2006)


(b)“Assorted pack” means any package or container containing multiple units of different food products intended and displayed for retail sale and complies with the general labelling requirement specified in regulation


(c)“Best before date” means the date which signifies the end of the period under any stated storage conditions during which the food product shall remain fully marketable and shall retain any specific qualities for which tacit or express claims have been made, and beyond that date, the food may still be perfectly safe to consume, though, its quality may have diminished. However the product shall not be sold if any stage the product become unsafe;


(d)"Children or child”means a person under the age of 18 years as defined in Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.

Explanation- The applicability of the age limit for specific categories of food may be indicated in the relevant regulation, under the broad category of children.


(e)“Date of manufacture” means the date on which the food products becomes the product as described;


(f)“Date of packaging” means the date on which the food product is placed in the immediate container in which it will be ultimately sold;


(g)“e-commerce” means buying and selling of goods and services over digital and electronic network.”;


(h)“Foods for catering purposes” means those foods for use in restaurants, canteens, schools, hospitals, quick service restaurants(QSR),home delivery operators, caterers and similar institutions where food is offered for immediate consumption;


(i)“Front of Pack” means part of the package that faces forward (in the principal field of vision) and is typically the first thing a consumer will see when they look at the product”


(j)“Infant” means a person not more than twelve months of age;


(k)“Labelling” means any written, printed or graphic matter that is present on the label, accompanies the food or is displayed near the food;


(l)“Lot number”or“code number”or“batch number”means the identification mark depicted shown on the label by the use of numeral or alphabet or combinations thereof, brief preceded by “Lot number” or “code number” or “batch number”or any unique identification marks such as Batch No., B. No., L. No., Lot No., Code,LN, CN or BN, B No by which the food can be traced in manufacture and identified in

distribution;


(m)“Multi-unit package”means a package containing two or more individually packaged or labelled units of the same food commodity of identical and / or different, net quantity intended and displayed for retail sale either in individual units or package as a whole and complies with the general labelling requirement specified in regulation 4(8);


(n)“Non-retail containers”means any container that is not intended to be offered for direct sale to the consumer. The food in the non-retail container is for further business activities before being offered to the consumer;


(o)"Non-vegetarian food” means an article of food which contains whole or part of any animal including birds, insects, fresh water or marine animals or eggs or products of any animal origin, but does not include milk, milk products, honey or bees wax or carnauba wax or shellac;


(p)“Package/container”means apre-packed box,bottle,jar,casket, tin,barrel, case, pouch,receptacle,sack, bag, wrapper or such other things in which an article of food is packed;


(q)“Recommended dietary allowances (RDA)”means the average daily dietary nutrient intake level sufficient to meet the nutrient requirement of nearly all (97 to 98 per cent.) healthy individuals in a particular life stage and gender group.


Explanations.- For the purposes of this clause, RDA values as provided in current Indian Council of Medical Research Nutrient Requirements and Recommended Dietary Allowances for Indians shall be applicable and if Indian recommended dietary allowances is not available for any nutrient

then values provided in Codex or World Health Organization guidelines shall be applicable;


(r)“Pre-packaged food” means food, which is placed in a package of any nature, in such a manner that the contents cannot be changed without tampering it and which is ready for sale to the consumer.

Note: The expression “package” wherever it occurs in these Regulations, shall be construed as package containing prepackaged food articles;


(s)“Principal display panel” means that part of the container/package which is intended or likely to be displayed or presented or shown or examined by the customer under normal and customary conditions of display, sale or purchase of the ood article contained therein;


(t)“Retailpack” or “Retail unit” means the packages which are intended for sale to ultimate consumer for the purpose of consumption of the food contained therein;

(u)“Useby” or “expiry”means the date, which signifies the end of the estimated period under any stated storage conditions, after which the product may not remain safe and the food product probably will not have the quality of safety attributes normally expected by the consumers and the food, shall not be sold or distributed for human consumption;

(v)“Vegetarian food” means any article of food other than Non-Vegetarian Food as defined in these regulations

Note : this is as per FSSAI guideline sand it may change as per time . Request you to check government website and update product info.

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