The legal metrology officers have been authorized across the states to create awareness among the manufacturers, importers, and packers of edible oils to pack the product without labeling temperature and instruct them to make sure that the quantity mentioned on the package is correct.
The government of India has given six (6) months more till July 15 2023 to edible oil manufacturers, importers, and packers to declare net quantity in terms of weight and volume on the labels in place of temperature at the time of commodity packing, as part of an initiative to curb partial business practices.
Earlier, the manufacturers, importers, and packers of edible oil were given January 15 2023 as the deadline for correcting the labeling.
As per the latest order issued by the consumer affairs ministry; The timeline for mentioning the net quantity of edible oils instead of declaring temperature has been extended for six months, considering the constant request of the entities to end the unutilized packaging material.
Since the weight and volume of edible oil is different at different temperatures, the entities have been asked to pack the product without declaring the temperature and to make sure that the quantity mentioned on the packaged commodity in mass and volume is correct.
Normally, edible oil should be packed at 30 degrees Celsius, however, the weight should be declared as 919 grams if the edible oil is packed at 21-degree celsius, and it should be declared as 892.6 grams if the commodity is packed at 60-degree celsius. This ensures the customers get the correct package quantity at the time of purchase.
This move was taken amid rising consumer complaints against the edible oil brands for unfair trade practices.
Under the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011, it is obligatory to mention the net quantity in terms of standard unit of measure or weight apart from other declarations on all pre-packaged commodities in the interest of consumers.
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