Mark­ing

Consumer Voice - - The Surveillance Series -

The acid­ity of ex­tracted fat (as oleic acid) was found within the pre­scribed limit in all the brands. It was found min­i­mum in Unibic and max­i­mum in Nutri Choice.

To­tal Ash

To­tal ash was found within the pre­scribed limit in all the brands. The least amount of to­tal ash was found in Parle (1.31 per cent). This is good for con­sumers. The max­i­mum to­tal ash was in Patan­jali (2.96 per

cent).

Pack­ag­ing

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,

Unit Price

Brand Max­i­mum Re­tail Price (MRP) (Rs) Unit Price of 100 Grams (Rs) Net Weight (Grams) Patan­jali 10 12.5 80 13 The fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion shall be clearly and in­deli­bly marked on the la­bel of each packet: a. Name of the prod­uct b. Trade name, if any c. Name and ad­dress of man­u­fac­turer d. Batch or code num­ber e. Net quan­tity in grams or kilo­grams f. List of in­gre­di­ents, in de­scend­ing or­der of their

com­po­si­tion by quan­tity g. State­ment with re­spect to ad­di­tion of per­mit­ted

colour and flavours h. Month and year of man­u­fac­ture i. The words ‘Best be­fore’ (month and year to be

in­di­cated) j. Nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion k. Logo in­di­cat­ing ‘veg­e­tar­ian’ or ‘non-veg­e­tar­ian’

sta­tus Unibic The prod­uct may also carry the BIS mark. All the tested brands pro­vided the re­quired in­for­ma­tion on their la­bels The unit price gives a fair idea about the cheap­est and costli­est brands. 40 (Buy one, get one free) 150 (150 gm free) 20 16.66 120 16.66 120 In terms of unit price, Parle and McVi­tie’s were the costli­est brands. The cheap­est was Patan­jali.

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