New Delhi: The government has decided to give more time to food processors to implement the labelling norm under which every packaged food should mention on its label both nutritional value and ingredients from 19 March.
The health ministry had issued the notification on 19 September, making it clear what should be written on the labels of packaged food products. The implementation of the new rule was to be made after six months of the notification.
However, the ministry last week issued an advisory to states requesting them “not to book cases for violation of the provisions of the notification during the initial period of three months of implementation”.
In a letter addressed to health secretaries of all the states and union territories, G. Balachandran, additional secretary in the health ministry, said, “The focus should primarily be on collecting information about the manufacturers who violate these provisions and writing to them advisory letters which provide information about the labelling regulations.”