FOR GEN­ERAL QUAL­I­TIES

Consumer Voice - - Comparative Test -

Mark­ing/La­belling

The pack­ag­ing is re­quired to be la­belled with name of the prod­uct; trade name, if any; name and ad­dress of man­u­fac­turer; batch or code num­ber; net quan­tity in gram or kilo­gram; list of in­gre­di­ents, in de­scend­ing or­der of their com­po­si­tion by quan­tity; state­ment with re­spect to ad­di­tion of per­mit­ted colour and flavours; month and year of man­u­fac­ture; the words ‘Best be­fore’ (month and year to be in­di­cated); any other re­quire­ments as spec­i­fied un­der Le­gal Metrol­ogy (Pack­aged Com­modi­ties) Rules, 2011, and Food Safety & Stan­dards Act and Rules; nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion; and veg­e­tar­ian/non-veg­e­tar­ian mark. The prod­uct may also be marked with the stan­dard mark. All the tested brands pro­vided the re­quired in­for­ma­tion on their la­bels.

Pack­ing

Bis­cuits shall be packed in clean, sound con­tain­ers made of tin plate, card­board, pa­per, or other ma­te­rial in such a way as to pro­tect them from break­age, con­tam­i­na­tion, ab­sorp­tion of mois­ture, and seep­age of fat from the bis­cuits into the pack­ing ma­te­ri­als. The pack­ing should not trans­mit any ob­jec­tion­able odour and taste to the bis­cuits. The bis­cuits shall not come in di­rect con­tact with the pack­ing ma­te­ri­als other than grease-proof or sul­phite pa­per, cel­lu­lose film, alu­minium coat­ing/lam­i­nates, food-grade plas­tics, or any other non-toxic pack­ing ma­te­rial that may be cov­ered with a mois­ture-proof film, waxed pa­per, or mois­ture-proof lam­i­nates; the in­ner layer com­ing in con­tact with the bis­cuits shall be of food-grade qual­ity or coated pa­per. Bis­cuits in tins should not come in di­rect con­tact with un­lac­quered metal walls. All the brands were packed in ther­mo­plas­tic ma­te­rial and were fully mois­ture-proof. Priyagold had dou­ble pack­ag­ing.

Net weight

As per Le­gal Metrol­ogy (Pack­aged Com­modi­ties) Rules, 2011, tol­er­ance al­lowed is 4.5 per cent for pack size of 100 gm to 200 gm. The net weight in Priyagold and Patan­jali was found to be less than the de­clared value. The other brands met the re­quire­ments of Le­gal Metrol­ogy Rules – their mea­sured val­ues were ei­ther above the de­clared weight or within the tol­er­ance limit.

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