FOR GENERAL QUALITIES
Packing The packing shall be such that it protects the product from contamination, deterioration and absorption of moisture. Also, it should not impart any objectionable taste and odour. Polymeric packages used should be of food-grade quality and should conform to the relevant national standards.
• All brands have been given equal scores on packing quality.
• Kendriya Bhandar had a poly-woven pack. The rest all had flexible polymer packaging.
The samples were verified against the marking requirements as per the relevant Indian Standard. The pack shall be legibly and clearly marked with the following particulars: a) Name and trade name b) Grade of the material c) Manufacturer’s address d) Batch/Lot number/code number e) Date, month and year of manufacturing f) ‘Best before’ date g) Net weight h) Trademark, if any i) Standard mark, if any j) Green dot (for vegetarian status) k) MRP l) FSSAI license number m) Customer-care details
• All brands provided the required information. It may be noted that storage information was missing in Ahaar and Kanak. Net Weight
Samples from all brands were verified for net weight as per the quantity claimed. The net weight should be within the tolerance limit permitted in Legal Metrology Rules.
• Except in the case of Kendriya Bhandar, the net weight of all brands was found to be above the declared quantity. The difference in net weight in Kendriya Bhandar’s atta was within the tolerance limit.