These regulations prescribe the labelling requirements of pre-packaged foods and display of essential information on premises where food is manufactured, processed, served and stored.
(1) Every pre-packaged food shall be labeled with information as required under these regulations unless otherwise provided;
(2) When a food product is sold through e-commerce or any other direct selling means, the mandatory requirements of the label as given in these regulations shall be provided to the consumer through appropriate means before sale except ‘batch number/ lot number, best before, use by date, expiry date, date of manufacturing/ packing;
(3) Pre-packaged food shall not be described or presented on any label or in any labelling in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its character in any respect;
(4) Any information or pictorial device written, printed, or graphic matter may be displayed on the label provided that it is not in conflict with the requirements of these regulations;
(5) The particulars of declaration required under these Regulations to be specified on the label shall be in English or Hindi in Devnagri script:
Provided that nothing herein contained shall prevent the use of any other language in addition to the language required under this regulation:
Provided further that the information provided in such other language shall not contradict the information on the label in the English or Hindi;
(6) Label on pre-packaged foods shall be applied in such a manner that it will not become separated from the container;
(7) Contents on the label shall be clear, unambiguous, prominent, conspicuous, indelible and readily legible by the consumer under normal conditions of purchase and use;
(8) Where a package is provided with an outside container or wrapper and such container or wrapper is displayed for retail sale, it shall also contain all the declarations which are required to appear on the package except where such container or wrapper itself is transparent and the declarations on the package(s) are easily readable through such outside container or wrapper.
In addition to general requirements specified in Regulation, every package shall carry the following information on the label, namely-
(1) The Name of Food: Every package of food shall carry name of the food which indicate the true nature of the food contained in the package, on the Front of Pack:
(a) Where a food is specified by certain essential composition under Food Safety and Standards Regulations made under the Act, that establishes its identity the name provided therein shall be used;
(b) In the absence of such name, either a common or usual name or an accompanying description of true nature of food shall be used;
(c) It may additionally have a “coined”, “fanciful”, “brand” or “trade name” subject to compliance of Food Safety & Standards (Advertising and Claims) Regulation 2018.
(2) List of Ingredients: Except for single ingredient foods, a list of ingredients shall be declared on the label in the following manner:-
(a) The list of ingredients shall contain an appropriate title, such as the term “Ingredients/List of Ingredients”;
(b) The name of ingredients used in the product shall be listed in descending order of their composition by weight or volume, as the case may be at the time of its manufacture;
(c) A food additive carried over into a food in an amount sufficient to perform a technological function in that food as a result of the use of raw material or other ingredients in which the additives was used shall be included in
the list of ingredient;
(e) Where an ingredient is itself the product of two or more ingredients, such a compound ingredient shall be declared, by their specific names;
(i) as such, in the list of ingredients, provided that it is immediately accompanied by a list, in brackets, of its ingredients in descending order of proportion (m/m)at the time of manufacture of such compound ingredients:
(ii) by declaring all of the ingredients of compound ingredient as if they were individual ingredients of the final food:
Provided that where a compound ingredient constitutes less than 5 per cent. of the food, the ingredients, other than food additives that serve the technological function in the food products, need not be declared;
(f) Added water shall be declared in the list of ingredients except in cases where water forms part of an ingredient, such as, brine, syrup or broth, used in the compound food and so declared in the list of ingredients:
Provided that water or other volatile ingredients evaporated in the course of manufacture need not be declared;
Provided further that in case of dehydrated or condensed food, which are intended to be reconstituted by addition of water, the ingredients in such reconstituted food shall be declared in descending order of weight or volume as the case may be, and shall contain a statement such as “Ingredients of the product when prepared in accordance with the directions on the label”;
(g) The ingoing percentage of an ingredient (including compound ingredients or categories of ingredients), by weight or volume as appropriate, at the time of manufacture, shall be disclosed for foods sold as a mixture or combination where the ingredient:
(i) is emphasized as present on the label through words or pictures or graphics; or
(ii) is not within the name of the food but, is essential to characterise the food and is expected to be present in the food by consumers, and if the omission of the quantitative ingredient declaration will mislead or deceive the
Provided that such disclosures are not required where –
(i) the ingredients are used as flavouring agents including spices or condiments or herbs or their extracts or mixed masalas or seasonings;
(ii) a reference in the name of food to an ingredient or category of ingredients, if that reference would not mislead or deceive or would not be likely to create an erroneous impression to the consumer regarding the character of the food because the variation in quantity of ingredient(s) between products is not necessary to characterize the food or distinguish it from similar foods;
(iii) the drained net weight is indicated on the label as required, except in case of mixed ingredients products where certain ingredient(s) is/are emphasized.;
(iv) specific provisions are stipulated under these regulations for a food;
(v) a pictorial representation of a serving suggestion is made for consumer information and use.
(vi) Added Micro-Nutrients and their preparations like vitamins, minerals, amino acids that are subject to a nutrition declaration as per requirements specified in regulation 5 (3).
(3) Nutritional information-
(a) For the purposes of these regulations, nutritional information is a description intended to inform the consumer of nutritional properties of the food and the following definitions shall be applicable:
(i) ‘sugars’ means all monosaccharides (glucose, fructose, etc.) and disaccharides (maltose, sucrose, lactose, etc.).
(ii)‘added sugars’ means monosaccharides and disaccharides added to foods and beverages
(iii) ‘fat’ means total lipids including saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat and trans fat.
(A) ‘Saturated fats’ means fatty acids without double bonds.
(B) ‘Monounsaturated fats’ means fatty acids with one cis double bond.
(C) ‘Polyunsaturated fats’ means fatty acids with cis-cis methylene interrupted double bonds. (D) ‘Trans fat’ means all the geometrical isomers of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids having non-conjugated, interrupted by at least one methylene group, carbon-carbon double bonds in the trans configuration (iv) “dietary fiber” means carbohydrate polymers with a degree of polymerization (DP) not lower than three, which are not hydrolysed by the endogenous enzymes in the small intestine of humansand the same consists of one or more of-
(A) Edible carbohydrate polymers naturally occurring in the food as consumed;
(B) Carbohydrate polymers, which have been obtained from food raw material by physical, enzymatic or chemical means;
(C) Synthetic carbohydrate polymers.
(v) ‘nutrient’ means a constituent of food, which:
(A) provides energy ; or
(B) has specific metabolic or physiological functions; or
(C) is needed for growth and development and maintenance of healthy life;
(b) Nutritional Information per 100g or 100ml or per single consumption pack of the product and per serve percentage (%) contribution to Recommended Dietary Allowance calculated on the basis of 2000kcal energy, 67 g total fat, 22 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat, 50 g added sugar and 2000 mg of sodium (5 g salt) requirement for average adult per day, shall be given on the label containing the following: —
(i) energy value (kcal);
(ii) the amounts of
(A) Protein (g);
(B) Carbohydrate (g) and Total Sugars (g), added sugars (g);
(C) Total fat (g), saturated fat (g), trans fat (other than naturally occurring trans fat)(g)and cholesterol (mg);
Provided that the content of saturated fat and trans fat may be declared on the label as “not more than”.
“Provided that saturated fat and trans fat to be given only if total fat content is more than 0.5% in final food.”
“Provided further that cholesterol content to be given only for products containing fats of animal origin and where total fat content is more than 0.5%.”
(D) Sodium (mg);
(iii) Wherever, numerical information on vitamins and minerals is declared, it shall be expressed in metric units;
(iv) Nutrition information panel shall include the amount of food in gram (g) or millilitre (ml) for reference beside the serving measure and the number of servings in the package.
(c) The following foods are exempted from mandatory nutritional labelling:
(i) Raw agricultural minimally processed products such as wheat, rice, cereals, pulses, fruits and vegetables and/or products that comprise a single ingredient.
(iii) Waters intended for human consumption, including those where the only added ingredients are carbon dioxide;
(iv) A herb, a spice or mixtures thereof / Curry Powder except Sprinkler masala (masalas meant for direct consumption);
(v) Salt and salt substitutes;
(vi) Table top sweeteners;
(vii)Coffee extracts and chicory extracts, whole or milled coffee beans and whole or milled decaffeinated coffee beans, coffee, decaffeinated coffee, soluble coffee powder, coffee chicory mixture; (viii) Herbal and fruit infusions, tea, decaffeinated tea, instant or soluble tea or tea extract, decaffeinated instant or soluble tea or tea extract, which do not contain other added ingredients than flavourings which do not modify the nutritional value of the tea;
(ix) Fermented vinegars and substitutes for vinegar, including those where the only added ingredients are flavourings;
(x) Flavourings, Food additives, Processing aids, Food enzymes, Gelatine, Yeast;
[(xi) Chewing gum and bubble gum
(xii) Alcoholic Beverages. (xiii) Health supplements, Nutraceuticals and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (FSDU) in tablet and capsule format, with respect to macronutrients, when sources of energy are insignificant.
(d) The compliance to quantity of declared nutrients on the label shall have the tolerance of ± 20 percent of the value for that nutrient declared on the label at any point in time within declared shelf life of the product.
(f) Nutritional information may additionally be provided in the form of Barcode/Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN).
(4) Declaration regarding Veg or Non veg.-
(a) Every package of Non-Vegetarian Food containing ingredients including food additives, processing aids of animal origin shall bear a declaration to this effect made by a symbol and colour. The symbol shall consist
of a brown colour filled triangle inside a square with brown outline having the sides not less than the minimum size specified in this regulation
Provided where any article of food contains egg only as Non-Vegetarian ingredient, the manufacturer, or packer or seller may give declaration to this effect in addition to the said symbol.
(b) Every package of Vegetarian Food containing ingredients including food additives, processing aids of plant origin shall bear a declaration to this effect by a symbol and colour. The symbol shall consist of a green colour
filled circle inside a square with green outline having the diameter not less than the minimum size specified in the Table mentioned in the regulation.
(d) Declaration regarding Veg. or Non-Veg shall also be prominently displayed as provided in this regulation on the pamphlets, leaflets and advertisements in any media.
The symbol shall be prominently displayed on the package having contrast background on principal display panel, just close in proximity to the name or brand name of the producton front of pack.
Provisions of regulations 5(4)(a) and 5(4)(b) shall not apply in respect of mineral water, packaged drinking water, carbonated water, alcoholic beverages, liquid milk, milk powders and honey.
(5) Declaration regarding Food Additives.-
Functional classes for food additives shall be declared together with the specific name(s) or recognized International Numbering System (INS) as specified in Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 in the list of the ingredients;
(a) Every food to which a flavouring agent is added in accordance with the Regulation 3.3.1(1) of Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, it shall be declared in the list of ingredients provided that:
i) In case of artificial flavoring substances the common name of the flavor shall be declared;
ii) In case of natural flavoring substances or nature identical substances the class name of flavors shall be declared.
(6) Declaration of name and complete address-
(a) The name and complete address of the brand owner, whether or not, he himself is the manufacturer, marketer, packer or bottler, as the case may be, shall be declared on the label. Such name and address shall be preceded by the qualifying words “Manufactured by (Mfg by, Mfd by)” or “Marketed by (Mkt by)” or “Manufactured & Marketed by” or “Packed & Marketed by” as the case may be.
In case of alcoholic beverages, “Bottled by” or “Blended and Bottled by “or “Imported and Bottled by”. Or “distilled and bottled by” may also be declared on label.
(b) Where an article of food is imported into India, the package of food shall also carry the name and complete address of the importer in India.
Provided further that where any food article manufactured outside India is packaged or bottled in India, the package containing such food article shall also bear on the label, the name of the country of origin of the food article and the name and complete address of the importer and the premises of packing or bottling in India.
(7) FSSAI logo and license number-
(a) The FSSAI logo and license number under the Act shall be displayed on the label of the food package in contrast color to the background.
(b) The FSSAI logo and license number of the brand owner shall be displayed on the label. In addition, the license number of the manufacturer or marketer or packer or bottler, as the case may be, if different from the brand owner, shall also be displayed on the label.
(c) In case of imported food products, the importer shall display FSSAI logo and license number along with name and address of importer.
(d) Every food business operator shall display on all its premises, where food is stored, processed, distributed or sold, the Registration/Licence No. as the case may be or Food Safety Display Board if specified, along with other information as may be specified by the Food Authority from time to timeat a prominent place in the premises.
(e) Fortified food and organic food shall be marked with the logo as specified in Schedule I of these regulations. FSSAI may specify logo for any other food as decided from time to time.
(8) Net quantity, Retail Sale Price and Consumer Care details- Declaration and manner of declarationof Net quantity, Retail Sale Price and Consumer Care details shall be as provided in Legal Metrology Act, 2009 (1 of 2010) and the Rules made there under.
A batch number or code number or lot number shall be declared on the label.
(10) Date Marking-
(a) “Date of manufacture or packaging” and “Expiry/Use by” shall be declared on the label. However, expression “Best before” may also be used as optional or additional information.
(b) The manner of declaration of date of manufacture or packaging/Expiry/Use by/Best Before shall be as follows:
(i) the day, month and year using the DD/MM/YY format for products with a short shelf life of up to 3 months; the month and the year for products with a shelf life of more than three months, shall be declared in un-coded numerical sequence except that the month shall be indicated by capital letters and abbreviations (at least first three letters of the month) may be used.
“Provided that for products with shelf life of more than three months, the “DD/MM/YY” format may also be used.”
(c) In addition to the expiry or Use by, any special conditions for the storage of the food shall be declared on the label if the validity of the date depends thereon. If required, storage conditions after opening the pack may also be specified.
(d) Notwithstanding anything contained in this regulation, an indication of the “Expiry” shall not be required for:
(i) Fresh fruits and vegetables, including potatoes which have not been peeled, cut or similarly treated;
(ii) All types of wine;
(iii) Alcoholic beverages containing 10% or more by volume of alcohol;
(v) Sugar boiled confectionery;
(vi) Food grade salt for industrial use;
(vii) Solid sugars;
(viii)Chewing gum and bubble gum
(e) “Date of manufacture or packaging” and “Expiry /Use by” shall be grouped together and given at one place.
(f) “Date and time of manufacture” shall be declared on packed meals served in airlines/railways/mobile catering units.
(11) Labelling of Imported Foods.- Labelling requirements for imported products shall be governed by the Food Safety and Standards (Import) Regulations, 2017 in addition to the requirement mentioned in these regulations.
(12) Country of Origin for Imported Foods-
(a) The country of origin of the food shall be declared on the label of food imported into India.
(b) When a food undergoes processing in a second country which changes its nature, the country in which the processing is performed resulting in change in HS Code at the 6 digit level shall be considered to be the county of origin for the purposes of labelling.
(13) Instructions for use.-
(a) Instructions for use, including reconstitution, where applicable, shall be included on the label, to ensure proper utilization of the food or where such food requires directions for reasons for health and safety (e.g. ‘Refrigerate after opening’).
(14) Declaration regarding Food allergen:
The following foods and ingredients which are known to cause allergy shall be declared separately as Contains………………………. (Name of allergy causing ingredients)
(i) Cereals containing gluten; i.e., wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt or their hybridized strains and products of these (To be declared as name of the cereal);
(a) wheat based glucose syrups including dextrose*;
(b) wheat based maltodextrins*;
(c) glucose syrups based on barley;
(d) cereals used for making alcoholic distillates including ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin;
(ii) Crustacean and their products (To be declared as Crustacean);
(iii) Milk & Milk products (To be declared as Milk);
(iv) Eggs and egg products (To be declared as Egg);
(v) Fish and fish products (To be declared as Fish);
(vi) Peanuts, tree nuts (e.g. almonds, walnuts, pistachio, cashew nuts) and their products (To be declared as Nut);
(vii) Soybeans and their products (To be declared as Soy);
(viii) Sulphite in concentrations of 10mg/kg or more (To be declared as sulphite) Provided that in case presence of ingredients due to cross contamination which are known to cause allergy may be declared separately as May
Contains…………………….. (Name of allergy causing ingredients).
Provided further that this declaration is not required in case of oils and distilled alcoholic beverages derived from these ingredients and where the product itself is a food allergen.
Raw agricultural commodities are exempted from the allergen labelling requirements.
(15) Every package of food material sold in retail but which is not meant for human consumption example Pooja water, Ghee for diya, Oil for Pooja etc. shall bear a declaration to this effect by a symbol as stipulated below. The symbol shall consist of a black colour cross inside a square with black outline having the sides of square not less than the minimum size specified in the regulation.
6. Principal display panel:
(1) The information required under these regulations shall be given on the principal display panel of the package or container and such information may be given in following manner, –
(a) All information should be grouped together and given at one place.
(b) The pre-printed information be grouped together and given in one place and,
Online information or those not pre-printed be grouped together in another place.”
(2) Area of Principal Display Panel-The area of principal display panel shall not be less than:
(a) In the case of a rectangular package, forty percent of the product of height and width of the panel of such package having the largest area;
(b) In case of cylindrical or nearly cylindrical, round or nearly round, oval or nearly oval package, forty percent of the product of the height and average circumference of such package; or
(c) In the case of package of any other shape, twenty percent of the total surface area of the package;
(d) In the case of package having a capacity of ten cubic centimeters or less, the principal display panel may be card or tape affixed firmly to the package and bearing the required information under these regulations.
(3) The height of any numeral and letter required under these regulations, on the principal display panel shall be as shown in the attachment
Provided that the size of numeral and/or letters required for declaration of net weight, retail sale price, date of expiry or best before or the use by date (wherever and as applicable) and Consumer care details on the principal display panel shall be as provided in the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 (1 of 2010) and the rules made there under.
Provided further that the size of numeral or letter required for all declarations under these regulations on the crown or closure of returnable glass bottle shall not be less than 1 mm.
The width of the letter or numeral shall not be less than one-third of its height, but this proviso shall not apply in the case of numeral “1” and letters i, I and l.
7. Mandatory Declarations.-
(1) Wherever, packaged food contains ingredients and /or additives as stated in schedule-II of these regulations, the same shall be prominently displayed on the label. The size of numerals and letters for the declarations/specific requirements specified in schedule-II shall not be less than 3mm based on the letter l. Provided that in case of food package having surface area upto 30cm2 containing caloric or non caloric sweetener or mixture thereof, the size of numerals and letters for the declarations or specific requirements specified in Schedule -II shall not be less than 1mm based on the letter l.
(2) The Food Authority may modify, delete or add any of the ingredients and/or additives and corresponding declaration from time to time.
8. Exemptions from certain labelling requirements-
(1) Where the surface area of the package is not more than 100 square centimeters, the label of such package shall be exempted from the requirements of list of ingredients, Lot Number or Batch Number or Code Number, nutritional information, labelling of irradiated food, declaration of food additives, License no and logo the name and complete address of the importer and instructions for use, but these information shall be given on the multi-unit packages.
(1) (a) The ‘date of manufacture’ and ‘Use by Date or Expiry Date’ may not be required to be mentioned on the package having surface area of less than thirty square centimetres but this information shall be given on the multi-unit packages.
(b) The logos notified under Food Safety & Standards Regulations may not be given where the surface area of the package is not more than 100 square centimetres, but this information shall be given on the multi-unit packages.
(2) In case of liquid products marketed in bottles, if such bottle is intended to be reused for refilling, the requirement of list of ingredients shall be exempted, but the nutritional information specified in regulation 5(3) shall be given on the label.
(3) In case of food with shelf-life of not more than seven days, the ‘date of manufacture’ may not be required to be mentioned on the label of packaged food articles, but the ‘Expiry/use by’ shall be mentioned on the label by the
manufacturer or packer.
(4) In case of prepared food served for immediate consumption such as in hotels or by food service vendors or caterers or halwais or hospitals or at religious gathering or food served in airline/railways/passenger vehicle or any mobile unit shall accompany or display the minimum information as specified below at the point of sale/serve of the food.
(a) Specific declarations prescribed under sub-regulations 1.1 (1), (2), (3), 1.4 (3), (4) and 1.9 of schedule II of these regulations;
(b) information relating to allergen; and
(c) logo for veg or non-veg.
Provided that in case of food served through vending machine the labelling requirement as prescribed in regulation 5(3) of these regulations shall be displayed in addition to the requirements mentioned in 8(4) above, through
appropriate presentation on the outside of vending machine or through poster, leaflet or on the container.
(5) The following labelling requirements are exempted if they are provided in a Barcode/Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN);
(a) Address of the brand owner whether or not, he himself is the manufacturer, marketer, packer or bottler, as the case may be,
(b) the license number of the manufacturer or marketer or packer or bottler, as the case may be, if different from the brand owner.
(6) For Assorted packs, Shelf life declared on assorted pack should be that of the product having the earliest shelf life declared amongst the different pre-packaged food packed inside.
(1) Food Service Establishments having Central license or outlets at 10 or more locations shall mention the calorific value (in kcal per serving and serving size) against the food items displayed on the menu cards or boards or booklets. Additionally, reference information on calorie requirements shall also be displayed clearly and prominently as “An average active adult requires 2,000 kcal energy per day, however, calorie needs may vary”.
(2) Food Service Establishments shall also mention the information specified below against the food items displayed on the menu cards or boards:
a) information relating to food allergens as prescribed under sub-regulations 5 (14) of these regulations: Provided that the allergens may be depicted by easy to understand symbols.
b) logo for veg or non-veg;
(3) These provisions shall not be applicable to the following:
a) Event caterers and Food Service premises that operate for less than 60 days in a calendar year (consecutively or non-consecutively).
b) Self-serve condiments that are free of charge and not listed on the menu.
c) Special-order items or modified meals and menu items as per customer’s request.
(4) Food Service Establishments shall also provide nutritional information as prescribed under sub-regulation 5(3), specific requirements prescribed under the provisions 1.1 (1), (2), (3), 1.4 (3), (4) and 1.7 of schedule-II of these regulations, if applicable and information relating to organic food or ingredients, if claimed, for the food items sold by them to consumers upon request in the form of booklets or handouts or on their website.
Provided that deviation of 25 percent may be tolerated in case of nutritional information declaration.
(5) E-commerce Food Business Operators shall get the above mentioned information from respective Food Business Operators and provide on their website wherever applicable.
(6)Nutritional information and/or ingredients information along with health messages shall be displayed where food is served in a manner as may be required and specified by the Food Authority.
(7) The Authority may specify other food service establishments also to comply with the requirements specified in these regulations from time to time.
(1) Every packaged food meant for non-retail sale shall provide the following mandatory information either on the container or pasted on the label thereto:
(a) Name of the food;
(b) FSSAI Logo and License number;
(c) Date marking and storage instructions, when required for the safety or integrity of the product;
(d) Lot No. /Batch No. /Code No and
(e) Name and address of the manufacturer or packer (including country of origin for imported packages).
provided that in case of Non-retail container containing multiple types of food, the mandatory information shall be provided for all the types of foods contained therein.
provided that non-retail container, which provides access to all the information required by sub-regulation 10(1) on the label of pre-packaged foods within the nonretail container, the information stipulated in sub-regulation 10(1) is not required.
(2) The following information if not provided on the label shall be provided in the accompanying documents:
(a) List of ingredient;
(b) Declaration regarding Veg or Non-Veg and
(c) Net Quantity.
provided that the information required under sub-regulation 10(2) shall be traceable to the food in non-retail container
provided that if all information required under sub-regulation 10(2) is made available on the label of non-retail container or pre-packaged foods within the non-retail container, sub-regulation 10(2) does not apply.
In the case of a non-retail container used as a food transportation unit that is not amenable to possess a label, all the information required under sub-regulation 10(1) & 10 (2) shall be provided in the accompanying documents or through appropriate other means (e.g. electronically between food businesses) and shall be effectively traceable to the food in such containers.
(3) The following labelling requirements are exempted if they are provided in a Barcode/Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN); –
(a) Address of the brand owner whether or not, he himself is the manufacturer, marketer, packer or bottler, as the case may be and
(b) the license number of the manufacturer or marketer or packer or bottler, as the case may be, if different from the brand owner.
(4) Every package meant for non- retail sale shall be clearly identifiable as such. If the container is not clearly identifiable as a non-retail container, the container shall:
(a) bear a statement to indicate that the food is not intended to be sold directly to the consumer or to clearly identify it as a non-retail container. Some examples of such statements are:
“NON-RETAILCONTAINER – NOT FOR DIRECT SALE TO CONSUMER”
(b) carry any other mark that indicates that the container is not intended to be sold directly to the consumer.
(5) General Information:
(a) Information and the statements required to appear on the label by virtue of this Standard or any other Standards shall be clear, prominent, readily legible and applied in such a manner that any tampering with it will be evident.
(b) The mandatory information required on the label under sub-regulation 10 (1) shall appear in a prominent position on the non-retail container and shall be readily accessible under normal handling and use of the container.
(1) Every package of a food additive meant for retail sale to the consumer shall be labelled in accordance with the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2020 except for sub-regulation 5(1) and 5(3) of this regulation.
(2) Additionally the label of every package of food additive shall provide the following information under these regulations:
(a) Name of Food Additive. – The specific name as mentioned in Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 and amendments thereof shall be used.
(i) Where such a name is not listed in the aforementioned clause the name established in international regulations shall be used or
(ii) In other cases the common or commercial name shall be used
(iii) In the case of synthetic food colours the chemical name and the colour index of the dye stuff.
(iv) If two or more food additives are present in the package, their names shall be listed in the descending order of their composition by weight or volume. Where one or more of the food additives is subject to a quantitative limitation in a food covered by Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations 2011, and amendments thereof, the quantity or proportion of that additive shall be stated. If food ingredients are part of the preparation, they shall be declared in the list of ingredients in descending order of proportion by weight.
(b) Other Mandatory Declarations:
(i) Every package of a food additive sold in retail or non-retail sale shall be marked prominently with the words “FOR USE IN FOOD”.
(ii) In the case of mixtures of flavourings, the name of each flavouring present in the mixture need not be given but a common or generic expression “flavour” or “flavouring” may be used, together with a true indication of the nature of the flavour.
The expression “flavour” or “flavouring” shall be qualified by the words “natural”, nature-identical”, “artificial”, or a combination of these words, as appropriate. Provided that this qualifier does not apply to flavour modifiers.
12. Labelling of Pre-packaged Food Additives Sold other than by Retail Every package of a food additive meant for sale other than in Retail shall carry label in accordance to chapter 4 and regulation 10 of these regulations except the clause 10(2)
13. The provision of these regulations shall supersede, if repugnant to labelling requirement prescribed in any regulations made under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (34 of 2006).
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