Mandatory Labeling Requirements Implemented From 19th March 2009
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has introduced mandatory labeling for prepackaged Food products vied Notification number 664 (E) effective 19th March 2009. According to this notification, all prepackaged food products will have to carry the following additional information-
A list of ingredients with following features –
An appropriate title like “INGREDIENTS”
Name of the ingredients and their weight or volume in descending order
If an ingredient is a combination of two or more ingredients (for example in a namkeen mixture) the compound ingredient has to be declared in the list accompanied by a list of its ingredients. This is not required if the compound ingredient is not a food additive and is less than 5% of the food.
Flavoring agents don’t have to be disclosed
Nutritional information per 100 gm or per 100 ml or per serving containing the following –
Energy value in kcal
Protein in gram
Carbohydrate in gram
The quantity of sugar in gram
Fat in gram
If a claim is made about the amount or type of fat or amount of cholesterol than the amount of following will have to be provided
Saturated fatty acids in gram
Monounsaturated fatty acids in gram
Polyunsaturated fatty acids in gram
Trans fatty acid in gram
Cholesterol in milligram
Any nutrient for which a nutrition or health claim is made
Foods prepared with hydrogenated vegetable fats or bakery shortening have to declare – “Hydrogenated vegetable fats or bakery shortening used – contains trans fats”
Irradiated foods or foods with ingredients treated with radiation have to carry a statement indicating the treatment
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