FOR GEN­ERAL QUAL­I­TIES

Consumer Voice - - Comparative Test -

Mark­ing

The de­ter­gent bar should be se­curely packed and marked with the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing a) name and ad­dress of man­u­fac­turer; b) brand or lot num­ber, grade and trade­mark, if any; c) month and year of man­u­fac­tur­ing; d) max­i­mum re­tail price (MRP) in ru­pees; e) net weight when packed; f) stan­dard mark, if any; g) crit­i­cal in­gre­di­ents in de­scend­ing or­der of quan­tity up to 0.5 per cent by mass; h) di­rec­tion for re­cy­cla­bil­ity of packing ma­te­rial; i) in­struc­tion for use; and j) cau­tion for avoid­ing pro­longed con­tact.

It is to be noted that no re­quire­ment has been spec­i­fied for ‘best be­fore’ date and that is prob­a­bly the rea­son why no man­u­fac­turer has men­tioned the same on the pack. How­ever, since the prod­uct tends to looses mois­ture over a pe­riod of time and be­comes hard, there must be a men­tion of shelf life. None of the brands men­tioned per­cent­age of key

in­gre­di­ents in de­scend­ing or­der as per the re­quire­ments. The cau­tion to ‘avoid pro­longed con­tact’ was not

vis­i­ble on the packet of any of the brands.

Net Weight (grams)

As per Le­gal Metrol­ogy Rules, in de­ter­gent bars up to 150 grams, 4.5 per cent mar­gin (low or high) is ac­cept­able; in bars above 150 grams and up to 300 grams, an er­ror of mi­nus 4.0 per cent is per­mis­si­ble; and for bars of more than 300 grams, only three per cent of er­ror is al­lowed. Ghari, Fena, and Patan­jali were found slightly less than the de­clared value, but were well within the spec­i­fied re­quire­ments. All the other brands matched their de­clared val­ues.

Packing

De­ter­gent bars shall be suit­ably packed, as agreed to be­tween pur­chaser and sup­plier. For ECO mark, the prod­uct shall be packed in re­cy­clable, biodegrad­able ma­te­rial and shall have de­tailed in­struc­tions for its proper use. Most of the brands used wa­ter-proof and air­tight, mois­ture-proof packing.

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