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Food labelling requirements in India

Food labelling in India

Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011, notified by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

Food is necessary for survival and everyone loves to eat innovative food products. Food can be defined as any edible substance which can be consumed by humans to provide nutritional support to the body.

First we eat, then we do everything else.” -M.F.K. Fisher.

Food can be of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals.

In India every packaged food article for consumption has to be labeled in accordance to the related Indian Food Law i.e. Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011, notified by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

The food labeling is important because the consumer should be able to understand the constituents of the food product. A food label forms a connecting link between consumer and the producer through which manufacturer can tell the consumers about the food product. It is also a great way of advertising the product and attracting customers by highlighting the benefits of the product on the label.

“When you think of the blur of all the brands that are out there, the ones you believe in and the ones you remember, like Chanel and Armani, are the ones that stand for something. Fashion is about establishing an image that consumers can adapt to their own individuality. And it’s an image that can change, that can evolve. It doesn’t reinvent itself every two years.” –Ralph Lauren (1939 – ), American Fashion Designer and Businessman

A food label tells us about the components of the food product and is a great way of establishing an image of a food product. Manufacturers, through a food label spread information about the product, its constituents, uses, benefits, etc.

Also, a food label tends to leave a mark on the minds of the people who uses it and thus tends to grow its value in the market. A food label is made attractive to impress the consumer and build its image in the market. A food label displays information about the manufacturer name, address, place of manufacture significant to make consumers aware of the manufacturers and the brand.

For example, packed fruit juices are becoming popular among the masses. One of the popular among packed fruit juice is Real fruit juices which come now in 16 varieties. The information displayed on the front is :

Name of the variety say for example, Real fruit power- Pomegranate and to ensure customers of its safety,  it is mentioned on the label that it contain no added preservatives and no added colour. Luring picture of pomegranate and its juice.Also, it shows the name of the manufacturer i.e. Dabur India, address of the company, contact information, product code, etc.

When you focus on the consumer, the consumer responds –  Alexander Wang

Consumer should be well aware of the product uses and its role in maintaining the health and growth of the consumer. A food label is intended towards allowing the consumer to understand the food product and its functions. It is important for every food product to be labelled in order to provide necessary information to the consumer and to ensure them of the safety and useful benefits of the product.

Food label displays name of all the ingredients,its amounts present, nutritional information, For example, britannia offers a range of biscuits, one of them is digestive nutrichoice biscuits claim to be very healthy and digestive for the consumers.

They have a set of information labelled on their product package as follows:

Ingredients: Refined wheat flour(43%), whole wheat flour(20%), edible vegetable oil, sugar, wheat bran(4.7%), milk soilds, liquid glucose, maltodextrin, raising agents, common salt, emulsifiers(322 472e), solblake(270, 221), malt product and dough conditioner(223)Nutritional information per 100g of product, in terms of carbohydrates, protein, fat, sugars, saturated fatty acids, mono unsaturated fatty acids, poly unsaturated fatty acids,trans fatty acids, cholesterol, dietary fibre and energy.

Also, food label specifies if it contains added flavours and colours, preservatives.Net weight of biscuit- 250 gm Cost of the biscuit- Rs 50 Contact information : Executive, customer care cell tollfree no. , postal address, Address of the company, email id.The numerals specified in the brackets of ingredients is as per International numbering system.

It gives a sense of satisfaction to the consumers who uses a particular product by understanding its various constituents and other useful information about the food product. The display of appropriate information on the label builds up confidence in the consumer to use that product.

It is a great step to set up an image in the market.

We live in a disposable, ‘cast-off and throw-away’ society that has largely lost any real sense of permanence. Ours is a world of expiration dates, limited shelf life, and planned obsolescence. Nothing is absolute.   — Myles Munroe

Every food product has a particular shelf life. Shelf life is the duration during which product remains acceptable by the consumer. Fresh fruits and vegetables have limited shelf life, they get spoiled within some days while cereal grains and nuts have a longer shelf life, upto 1-2 year.

Shelf life of a food product depends upon the product, its environmental conditions, variety,etc. It is significant for the consumer to have a knowledge of product storage requirements so that it does not deteriorate before consumption. This is taken care of by a food label which is present on all major food articles and provides all necessary information. Food label is an important part of the food product in establishing it’s image in the market.

For example, Britannia nutri choice digestive biscuits displays on its label, the necessary storage conditions which must be provided to the product for maintaining its shelf life. Store in a cool, hygienic and dry place. Transfer contents to a clean airtight container (once opened).Best before 6 months from date of packaging.

Term ‘Best before’ implies that the product is best consumed before the date mentioned, however it can be consumed after this date but it does not represents the optimum freshness of the product.  

It can be concluded that a food abel forms an important part of a food product in is marketing, sale, advertisement and overall image.

The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) amended the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labeling) Regulations, 2011, to widen the range of applicable products which require nutritional labels

A food label forms a connecting link between consumer and producer by which it provides the necessary information about the food product, its name, manufacturers, net quantity etc. Food labelling standards are given by FSSAI under Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and labelling) Regulations, 2011.

It states that every pre packaged food must possess a label displaying information which shall not be false, deceptive or misleading in any manner. English and Hindi language must be used on the label. However, this, it does not prohibit the use of any other language in addition to these. Label must be properly stuck to the food container such that it does not separate from the container at any time. Information displayed on the label must be very clear, legible and appropriate.In case the food container is packed in an external wrapper, the wrapper must contain the information or the information on the container must be clearly legible through the wrapper.

A food label is a means by which necessary information concerning the food product is carried. It must include name of the product, net quantity, the date on which the product is produced and packed in the container, date after which the product must not consumed, list of the ingredients used during its preparation along with its quantities. Also, if an ingredient itself contains two or more components, these must be specified within the brackets. Moreover, label shall provide the nutritional information which is effectively used by the manufacturers to lure the customers. Also, it is very important to declare, on the label whether the food product is veg or non-veg, whether it contains any food additive or preservatives. Apart from this, label must show the name and complete address of the manufacturer or packer. code No,/Lot No./Batch No.,country of Origin for imported food and Instructions for use which includes information regarding its storage and consumption.

A food label has a principal display panel where major information is grouped together at one place.

The area of principal Display panel shall not be less than 40% of the area of rectangular container, 20% of the area of cylindrical container.

There are food product specific requirements which must be satisfied before the product is available for consumers in the market.

In case the label does not satisfy the food labelling standards, food product is categorised as misbranded food and is liable to various penalties as follows:

  • Misbranded Food Up to 3 lakh rupee
  • Misleading advertisement Up to 10 lakh rupees
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The field of patenting enhances human brain electrically and body cells are excited to a state that processes and transmits information through electrical and chemical signals. These signals between neurons occur via specialized connections called synapses.

Biotechnology innovations and research are instrumental in healthcare systems, agriculture and food industry, polymer and material sectors, etc. Research and Development in this area is relatively time consuming and involves huge risk investment with risk involved with the outcome. To promote such results much more importance is affixed with respect to patenting the inventions in said field and enabling the growing research sector to sustain itself.

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Next came the patent laws. These began in England in 1624, and in this country with the adoption of our Constitution. Before then any man [might] instantly use what another man had invented, so that the inventor had no special advantage from his own invention. The patent system changed this, secured to the inventor for a limited time exclusive use of his inventions, and thereby added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius in the discovery and production of new and useful things. — Abraham Lincoln

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Auteur Francis Ford Coppola directed some of history’s most important movies. So where does he put his artistic sensibilities when he’s not wowing us cinematically? He designs and patents shirts to help people direct friends to where an itch should be scratched. His Garment For Identifying Location on Body of the Garment Wearer patent describes a shirt with a number grid that indicated the precise location of an itchy trouble spot. The illustration seems a bit confusing with the same number being used multiple times, so our advice for Coppola is to create a Battleship-style coordinates system. “C8, you sunk my back itch !

JACK JOHNSON’S ADJUSTABLE WRENCH

Jack Johnson was the first African American heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Known as Gentleman Jack, he was famous for not only breaking color lines, but also for his love of auto racing and insatiable appetite for women. And it was his love of women, specifically an alleged prostitute, that landed him in jail. While incarcerated, Jack modified a wrench so that it could be easily adjusted to tighten multiple-size fasteners. He patented the design, and today it’s something that remains familiar to many a mechanic and handyman.

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Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having FUN. -Mary Lou Cook

How do you Patent a Business Idea for a Successful Business Venture?

An IDEA IS CONCEIVED by the genius mind to solve existing problem. The word “invention” is termed to the idea conceived at the ideation stage when the inventor is able to solve existing problem in the market. Problem can be personal or can be applicable to the large masses.

When a business entity like Fortune 100 company is able to resolve existing technology in the same domain the problem is UNIVERSAL and applicability is worldwide.

We as innovators and inventors are programmed to understand different patterns existing around us. CHANGE is EVERYWHERE and inevitable truth of LIFE. As an inventor or a startup we should realise the importance of protecting innovative ideas.

When the invention is applicable worldwide it is advisable by the expert patent attorney to file international patent before WIPO, Geneva under the PCT patent route

DO YOU have a GREAT IDEA for a SUCCESSFUL Business Venture?

So, if the ANSWER is YES…YOU have already taken the first step to protect your idea for a successful business !!

Now you must be wondering what if someone else comes up with something similar. BEST SOLUTION to such thoughts is to Patent a Business Idea.

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Technically, you can’t patent an idea for a business. For example, if you have a unique idea for an online store or a new chain of themed restaurants. However, you may be able to protect and patent a method of doing business and solving a problem– if it meets very specific patent criteria and patent requirements.

Ideas are valuable and throughout history innovative ideas have been copied or stolen by the third parties.

Instead of letting other business entity go away with your great INNOVATIVE IDEA and make a fortune $$$$$$, you as an inventor or innovator should protect your idea by filing a patent.

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Technically ideas themselves cannot be patented. When you take an idea and with intangible force turn the idea into an invention or process (PROTOTYPE is ready) that meets specific patent criteria and patent requirements. Irrespective whether the idea is small or big, the innovation can be protected by filing patents which is a form of intellectual property right. YES, IDEAS can be patented with the right intent and content will be prepared by our THINKING GEEKS at TCIS, India.

A patent can help you remain competitive in your for 20 years field and give you an edge on your business rivals.

According to YOUR invention / idea YOU can apply for a Utility patent or an Industrial Design patent

Utility patents in USPTO are granted to inventions that pertains to a new and useful process or useful improvements of a process, machine, article of manufacture or composition of matter.

Design patents are given for new and original designs for an article of manufacture. Under industrial design protection the ornamental looks of the article can be protected. The timeline for registration in India is nine months from the date of the industrial design filing in India.

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As an inventor, you can file a provisional patent application or a non-provisional patent application before the patent office in home country. As an innovator you can write provisional patent and file provisional patent application in a quick way to protect your invention if it is in the abstract / prototype stage.

The provisional patent application will establish an early patent filing date. But a patent will be issued only after a non-provisional application is filed for the same within an year of filing a provisional application with a complete set of patent claims.

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YOUR invention “SHOULD ” be Novel, Non-Obvious and should have industrial technology application”

If your idea with proper elements fulfils all the patent requirements to apply for a patent, and there are no other previously filed patents claiming the same elements in the patent claims, then it’s time to apply for patent before the patent office.

Patent writing and patent filing work is intellectual in nature. Hire and select your patent attorney wisely. From a strategic business point it is advisable to seek legal counsel and patent advice before filing a patent and get patent professional involved for writing patent claims and file patent before the patent office.

Indian Patent filing & International Patent filing involves the following patenting steps:

  • Action Plan Strategy Step 1: Pen down your invention with as much detail as possible including drawings/ diagrams that explain the working or concept of invention.
  • Action Plan Strategy Step 2: Next step is to find out if the invention meets all the patentability step criteria for the country in which the patent application has to be filed.
  • Action Plan Strategy Step 3: Writing patent and drafting the provisional patent / non-provisional patent application with patents depending on the stage of your invention. If you are at the stage where you have complete information about your invention then you can directly go for complete specification.
  • Action Plan Strategy Step 4: Up on patent filing the complete patent specification along with application for patent, the patent application is published after 18 months of first patent filing date.
  • Action Plan Strategy Step 5: A patent request for examination is filed after which the patent application is examined by a patent examiner and the examiner issues a first examination report to the patent lawyer representing the patent client.
  • Action Plan Strategy Step 6: The inventor and patent professional create and send a response to the examination in order to clear all the objections of the patent examiner.
  • Action Plan Strategy Step 7: After all the patent objections are explained and the patent examiner is of the view that the patent can be granted for the invention a formal letter is issued to the patent inventor. The patent is granted by the patent office and is published in the patent journal.
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The New Medical Devices Rules In Drugs And Cosmetics Act, 1940

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has published in India’s Official Gazette on October 17, 2016, the new Medical Devices Rules in Drugs And Cosmetics Act, 1940.

The New Medical Devices rules are applicable in respect of – 

1). Substances covered under sub-clause (i) of clause (b) of section 3 used for in vitro diagnosis;

2). Substances that are in the nature of mechanical devices covered under sub-clause(ii) of clause (b) of section 3;

3). Devices specified from time to time by the Central Government by notification in the Official Gazette under sub-clause (iv) of clause (b) of section 3 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

 

The rules focus on creating a separate registration and oversight system for medical devices and drugs. Also, theses rules define the duties and functions of the Centre Licensing Authority and State Licensing Authority.

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The medical devices manufacturers will not have to issue a separate license from the state licensing authority for the manufacturing of Class A and Class B medical devices.

The State Drug Controller is the State Licensing Authority and is the competent authority for enforcement of these rules in matters related to manufacture of Class A and Class B medical Devices.

People engaged in the manufacturing of predicate medical devices will require a separate approval from Centre Licensing Authority before applying to the State Licensing Authority.

According to these new rules medical devices are classified into 4 new classes on the basis of their functions and impact-

  1. The medical devices which will have low risk will fall under Class A;
  2. The medical devices having low moderate risk will fall under Class B;
  3. The medical devices having moderate high risk will fall under Class C
  4. And the medical devices having high risk will fall under Class D.

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