Draft Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2019

Jul 05, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on June 25, 2019, have published a draft Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2019. These Regulations will supersede the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011. It will come into force with effective date for implementation to be either January 01 or July 01 subject to a minimum of 180 days from the date of its final publication in the Official Gazette. 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.

The key features of these Regulations are:

 Mandatory labelling requirements like information relating to allergens and logo of veg or non-veg food etc. for the prepared food as well.

Nutritional information may additionally be provided in the form of Barcode or Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN).

 New logo for Vegetarian food which consists of a green colour filled triangle inside a square with green outline

 Every package of food material which is not meant for human consumption shall bear a [X] symbol so as to clearly distinguish the non-food grade items to food items.

 An internal mechanism to address the problem arising out of implementation or interpretation of the regulations.

The general requirements are:

1. Every prepackaged 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. 

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 printed on the label shall be in 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.

All persons likely to be affected are invited for objections or suggestions, if any, on the draft Regulations, within thirty days from the date on which copies of the Official Gazette in which this notification is published, are made available to the public. The objections or suggestions, if any, may be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, FDA Bhawan, Kotla Road, New Delhi-110002 or sent on email at [email protected]

[Notification NO. F.No 1-94/FSSAI/SP(Labelling)/2014(Pt-2)]


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