New Delhi, 8th April, 2016: Six mandatory information shall have to be displayed more prominently in all the packaged commodities at least at the 40 percent area of the packet, except top and bottom, so that these are easily readable by consumers. Packaged commodities rules have been amended by Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution for this purpose. Chairing the meeting of Bureau of Indian Standards, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan directed the officials of his Ministry to ensure enforcement of the amended rule from July this year positively.

According to the amendment, name of manufacture/packager/ importer, net quantity of product, manufacturing date, retail sale price and consumer care contacts shall have to be displayed in a panel of 40% of the area of the packet in readable font size. Monitoring cell will be setup to ensure strict compliance of new provision.

Reviewing the working of BIS during the Governing body meeting, the Minister asked the Bureau to formulate rules to ensure early implementation of new BIS Act so that culture of quality goods and services can be ushered in the country. He further mentioned that BIS has taken various initiatives under ‘Make in India’ for standard formulation which includes items relating to renewable energy, bio-fuel, auto components, electric machinery and construction etc.

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