To ensure there is no confusion in the mind of consumers, traders and manufacturers, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has set certain standards for foods. These standards have to be maintained by those in the food business, without fail. Each food and beverage manufactured has to be packed before it is sold to customers and the process of packing the food is called packaging. An important aspect of food packaging is labelling.
Food labelling consists of certain important information on the product and the manufacturer. The main intention of providing this information is for the safety of consumers. According to the FSSAI, each food article has to be labeled and must contain the following information.
Here are the various things that must be included in the food label as per the FSSAI Guidelines
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As per FSSAI guidelines, one of the important things that must be mentioned in the food label is the name of the food item. The name printed on the food label must be very clear with a large font.
The food label must contain the list of the ingredients which are used in making the food item. As per rules, the manufacturer must mention all the ingredients without fail. In case the manufacturer tries to cheat customers by not mentioning any ingredient, he could be in trouble.
Nutrition information lists the calories which come from vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, fats, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, sugars, protein and iron present in the food items.
Each manufacturer must mention on the food label if the food product is vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Small signs are used to differentiate between vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods. The green color sign on the food label indicates that the product is vegetarian and red color indicates that the product is non-vegetarian.
With the intention of preserving the flavor or enhancing taste and appearance, food additives are added to food items. It is mandatory for each manufacturer to mention the food additives on the food label.
The food label must contain the name and complete address of the manufacturer. Without this information, the product may be considered a fake.
The manufacturer must clearly mention the date of manufacture and Best Before and Use By Date on the food label. Date of manufacture is a date on which product was manufactured and Best Before & Use By Date is the date by which the product must be consumed. As a customer, it is very important to check this information before buying the product.
Net quantity is the weight of the product combined with the packaging weight. It is mandatory to mention the net quantity on the food label.
The batch or code or lot number is basically a mark of recognition. The food item can be recognized through a manufacturer or even a distributor. Make sure the batch or code or lot number is mentioned clearly by the manufacturer as per FSSAI guidelines on Food Product Labelling.
The country of origin shows the nationality of the imported goods. According to FSSAI guidelines, the country of origin of the imported foods must be clearly mentioned.
The instructions for use of food items must be clearly mentioned as per FSSAI guidelines. This tells you and other consumers how to use and utilize the product.
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