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FSSAI re-operationalises labelling requirements for non-retail container & pan masala warning
Tuesday, 09 July, 2024, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
The FSSAI has once again  reoperationalised the labelling requirements for non-retail container, & warning statement related to pan masala under the draft Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Amendment Regulations, 2022.

According to the labelling requirements of non-retail container under section 10, the regulation lays down that every packaged food meant for non-retail sale shall provide the mandatory information either on the container or pasted on the label thereto: (a) Name of the food: (b) FSSAI logo and licence number: (c) Date marking and storage instructions, when required for the safety or integrity of the product; (d) Lot No. /Batch No. /Code No. and (e) Name and address of the manufacturer or packer (including country of origin for imported packages).

The regulations add that in the case of a non-retail container used as a food transportation unit that is not amenable to possess a label, all the information required under sub-regulation 10(1) & 10 (2) of the regulations shall be provided in the accompanying documents or/ through appropriate other means (e.g., electronically between food businesses) and shall be effectively traceable to the food in such containers.

Also, the regulations lay down that the non-retail container must bear statement that "NON-RETAIL CONTAINER"
"NON-RETAIL CONTAINER NOT FOR DIRECT SALE TO CONSUMER" or, carry any other mark that indicates that the container is not intended to be sold directly to the consumer.

For pan masala the regulations provide that 'the warning statement should be clearly legible/audible in advertisements related to pan masala.
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