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Labelling provisions under FSS (Packagingand Labelling) Regulations, 2011

Food labelling & Its Importance Labelling includes any written, printed or graphicspresent on the label, accompanies the food, or is displayednear the food. Food Labelling serves as a primary link ofcommunication between the food manufacturer andconsumer. Food labels provide information to help us makehealthier and safer food choices. The goal of food labelling is to provide consumers withinformation that is factual and relevant.

General Labelling Requirements Every pre-packaged food shall carry a label. The information on the label shall be in English or Hindi in Devnagriscript. Any other language in addition may be used. The information shall not be false, misleading or deceptive. Where the container is covered by a wrapper, the wrapper shall carry thenecessary information. The Regulation prescribes the minimum area of the container to becovered by the Principal Display Panel. The Regulation prescribes minimum height and width of the letters andnumerals to be displayed on the label.

Information for consumersLabelling information includes: The Name of food List of Ingredients Nutritional Information Declaration regarding Veg & Non-Veg Declaration regarding food additives Name and address of the manufacturer Net Quantity Lot/Code/Batch Identification Date of manufacturing or packing Best Before and Use by Date Country of origin Instructions for use Warning and advisory statements

Name of food The name of the food shall include trade name ordescription of food contained in the package that describesthe true nature of the food. It is important that the name of the food must be clearlystated and not be ambiguous or misleading. If the food has been processed in some way, the processmust be included in the title e.g. dried apricots, saltedpeanuts.

Ingredients The name of Ingredients used in the product shall be listed indescending order of their composition by weight or volume, as thecase may be, at the time of its manufacture. Specific name shall be used for ingredients in the list. Food additives and water must also be included in the list if theyhave been added.

Nutritional Information (1/2)Nutritional Information or nutritional facts per 100 gm or 100ml or perserving of the product shall be given on the label containing thefollowing:— energy value in kcal; the amounts of protein, carbohydrate (specify quantity of sugar) and fatin gram (g); the amount of any other nutrient for which a nutrition or health claim ismade where the nutrition declaration is made per serving, the amount in gram(g) or milliliter (ml) in a serving shall be given.

Nutritional Information (2/2)The nutritional information may not be necessary, in case offoods such as: raw agricultural commodities like, wheat, rice; non-nutritive products, like tea, coffee, packaged drinkingwater alcoholic beverages fruit and vegetables products that comprise of single ingredient; or foods served for immediate consumption such as served inhospitals, hotels or food shipped in bulk which is not for salein that form to consumers.

Nutritional InformationNutrition InformationAmount per serving or 100g of d fatty acids*Trans fatty acids*Cholesterol** When claim is made# kcal#g#g#g#g#g#g# mg

Declaration regarding Veg and Non-VegRegulation provides that every package of “Vegetarian” foodshall bear a green colour filled circle inside a square withgreen outline:Every package of “Non-Vegetarian” food shall bear a browncolour filled circle inside a square with brown outline:

Declaration regarding Food Additives Food additives shall be listed in the ingredients list by theirfunctional name together with specific name or recognisedInternational numerical identifications (INS or E number) e.g.i. Raising agent (ammonium hydrogen carbonate) orii. Raising agent (503 (ii)) Extraneous addition of colouring matter to be mentioned on thelabel as:CONTAINS PERMITTED NATURAL COLOUR(S)ORCONTAINS PERMITTED SYNTHETIC FOOD COLOUR(S)ORCONTAINS PERMITTED NATURAL AND SYNTHETIC FOODCOLOUR(S) Extraneous addition of flavouring agents to be mentioned on thelabel as:CONTAINS ADDED FLAVOUR

Name and complete address of the manufacturer The name and complete address of the manufacturer and themanufacturing unit if these are located at different places. In case the manufacturer is not the packer or bottler, the nameand complete address of the packing or bottling unit as the casemay be. Package of food shall carry the name and complete address of theimporter in India when imported.

FSSAI Logo and License No.The FSSAI logo and license number shall be displayed on the labelin contrast color to the backgroundLic. No. XXXXXXXXXXXXXAdditional provision:In case the food is fortified as per Food Safety and Standards(Fortification of Foods) Regulations, 2017, then the F logo shall bedisplayed on the label of the food package as indicated:

Net Quantity Net quantity by weight or volume or number, as the case maybe, shall be declared on every package of food; and In addition, a food packed in a liquid medium shall carry adeclaration of the drained weight of the food.Lot/Code/Batch identificationA batch number or code number or lot number shall bedeclared on the label.

Date of manufacturing or packinga) In case best before date of the products is more than 3 months,month and year of manufacture or packing shall be declared.b) In case of shorter shelf life of less than 3 months the date, monthand year of manufacture or packing shall be declared.c) In case of shelf life not more than seven days date of manufacturemay not be required but ‘Use by date’ shall be mentioned.

Best Before and Use by Date (1/2)i.The month and year in capital letters up to which the product is best forconsumption, in the following manner:“BEST BEFORE . MONTHS AND YEAR”OR“BEST BEFORE . MONTHS FROM PACKAGING”OR“BEST BEFORE .MONTHS FROM MANUFACTURE”ii. In case of package or bottle containing Sterilised or Ultra High Temperature treatedmilk, soya milk, flavoured milk, any package containing bread, dhokla, bhelpuri,pizza, doughnuts, khoa, paneer, or any uncanned package of fruits, vegetable, meat,fish or any other like commodity, the declaration be made as follows:—“BEST BEFORE .DATE/MONTH/YEAR”OR“BEST BEFORE.DAYS FROM PACKAGING”OR“BEST BEFORE . DAYS FROM MANUFACTURE”

Best Before and Use by Date (2/2)(iii) On packages of Aspartame, instead of Best Before date, Use bydate/recommended last consumption date/expiry date shall be given,which shall not be more than three years from the date of packing;(iv) In case of infant milk substitute and infant foods instead of BestBefore date, Use by date/ recommended last consumption date/expirydate shall be given.Declaration of best before date for consumption shall not be applicableto :(i) wines and liquors,(ii) alcoholic beverages containing 10 percent or more by volume ofalcohol.

Country of Origin(i) The country of origin of the food shall be declared on the label offood imported into India.(ii) When a food undergoes processing in a second country whichchanges its nature, the country in which the processing isperformed shall be considered to be the county of origin for thepurposes of labelling.

Instructions for UseInstructions for use, including reconstitution,where applicable, shall be included on the label, toensure correct utilization of the food.

Labeling of Organic Foods Labelling on the package of organic food shall convey full andaccurate information on the organic status of the product. It shall carry Food Safety and Standard Authority of India’s organiclogo. Such product may carry a certification or quality assurance mark ofone of the systems All organic foods shall comply with the packaging and labellingrequirements specified under the Food Safety and Standards(Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011 All organic foods shall comply with the labelling requirements ofNPOP or PGS-India


Food labelling & Its Importance Labelling includes any written, printed or graphics present on the label, accompanies the food, or is displayed near the food. Food Labelling serves as a primary link of communication between the food manufacturer and consumer. Food labels provide information to help u

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