FOR GENERAL QUALITIES
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.
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.
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.