India Food Labeling Guide Available!


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As of August 2015, Labeling Reference Guide for India, based on the regulation published by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in 2011, is available in our RegData® library.

This is a comprehensive and user-friendly tool, created by our in-house experts, that can help you find your way around complex labeling rules set by food regulator in India. It is aimed to provide guidance on which information is mandatory, which parts of it are voluntary and what should a label actually look like. Remember that you can try RegData® for free.

Labelling Legislation in India

Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011 that lay down the standards defining packaging and labeling requirements for prepackaged foods, wholesale foods and for specific products, came into force in India on August 5, 2011 and since this date, several amendments have been published. They are publicaly available at FSSAI website.

1) F. No. 3/15015/30/2011: Corrigenda to Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations 2011 was published in December 2011. This amendment contained correction to the unit of measure related to fats and corrections to mandatory label statements.

2) F. No. P. 15014/1/2011-PFA-FSSAI: Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Regulations 2013 came into effect on 27 June 2013. This revision introduced specific amendments to labelling of 2 specific food categories:

-     Edible vegetable oils, fats including hydrogenated vegetable oils and processed and packaged foods with respect to trans-fats, saturated fats, and

-      Labelling of edible oils and fats with respect to trans-fatty acids and saturated fatty acids.

3) F. No. 4/15015/30/2011: Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Regulations, 2013. This revision came into force on 7 June 2013, making it mandatory to display the license number in the suggested format on the principal panel of the package.

4) F. No. 1-83L/Sci. Pan-Noti/ FSSAI-2012: Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Regulations 2015 that came into force on 23 March 2015. According to the latest revision, it is mandatory to declare contents of plant stanol esters and trehalose in products specified in the legislation.

To Summarize - Which Information Is Mandatory?

Labeling of packaged food products shall include the following information:

Nutritional Table

The legislation does not provide a standard template but in the regulation it is clearly mentioned which information is mandatory:

For a complete overview of Labelling Requirements for the India market (in English), please go to our RegData® database to download the reference guide You can subscribe for a free trial of RegData®.