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This article encompasses the provisions relating to Packaged Commodities Rules a complete Guide of its relative legislations also. There are specific legislations related to packaged commodities. It is called the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011. Every food business operator has to carry out FSSAI registration.
To encourage ease of doing business operations, amendments in packaged commodities rules been notified in 2017, harmonizing the labeling provisions, concerning food products, with the regulations as laid down under the Food Safety & Standards Regulations (FSSR), 2017. The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 were prescribed to regulate pre-packaged commodities. According to the said rules, pre-packaged commodities are required to comply with specific labeling requirements concerning net quantity, MRP and customer care information.
Meaning of Metrology
The word metrology has been defined as the science of weights and measures or measurement and also called a system of weights or measures.
Background of Packaged Commodities Rules
Aim of the Government
Under the Legal Metrology Act, 2009, the Central Government is empowered to make rules concerning the standard quantities and manner in which the declarations necessary for the pre-packaged goods. Henceforth, the government brought out the Packaged Commodities Rules, 2011, which came from 6th June 2013.
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The Packaged Commodities Rules are applicable, such as:
According to section 18 of the Act, certain declarations are to be made on the packaged commodity. Regarding Rule 6 of the given Act, it prescribes the following declarations what has to be mentioned on the packages:
a. Names and address of the manufacturer
There must be mention of names and addresses of the packers and names and address of the importer if the goods are imported. If there are multiple names and address, then names and address of the manufacturer shall be taken for any litigation.
b. Common and generic names of the goods
The purpose is that the manufacturer, packer, importer, shall mention the names of the common or generic names of the goods, or the prevalent name in the industry.
c. Quantity of the commodity
It has to mention all, whether it measures some units of weight, calculate the net quantity, has to be declared in the said unit of weight or measure, and where it is mentioned in numbers, the numbers of said packaged goods should be mentioned.
d. Date of manufacturing and date of expiry
The month of manufacturing and date of its expiry is to be mentioned on the packaged commodity according to packaged commodities rules.
e. Retail sale price
It is important to mention the sale price which shall be inclusive of the taxes, and all the levies.
f. Dimensions of the Commodity
The size is an important aspect for any commodity. Where there are multiple commodities, the dimensions shall be mentioned for all.
g. A consumer complaint provision
The packaged commodity shall contain the address, phone number, and name where the consumer complaints can be addressed.
h. Any other Declarations
For all the commodities, it is essential to mention, the declarations related to the products. According to Rule 17, it has listed specific situations where declarations can be relating to containers shape or large bags, the nature of boxes to define the statements that may be required for the same.
According to Rule 3 of the Act,
Packaged Commodities Rules came to create awareness to the consumers of what they are purchasing, and are not cheated by the unscrupulous manufacturers. This Act of Packaged Commodities Rules plays a significant role in defining information available to consumers. It is crucial that the purchaser is aware of the ingredients used for manufacture and the description of its complaint forums.
Read our article:Food Safety and Standards Rules in India
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