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Standardized Packaging of 19 Commodities of Day- to-Day use made Mandatory

New Delhi: November 1,2012

In the interest of common consumer, from today onwards 19 commodities of day- to-day use, like bread biscuits, tea etc. can be sold in specified standard packs only. Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution had issued a notice on June 5, 2012 in this regard by amending Legal Metrological (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011. Manufacture, packing or import of these 19 commodities in non-standard packs will invite penal action.

 These 19 commodities and their specified packaging standards are as follows:

Sl. No.

Commodities

Quantities in which to be packed

 

 

 

1.

Baby food

25g, 50g, 100g, 200g, 300g, 350g, 400g, 450g, 500g, 600,g, 700 g, 800 g, 900g, 1 kg, 2kg, 5 kg and 10 kg.

2.

Weaning food.

Below 50g no restriction, 50 g, 100g, 200g, 300g, 400g, 500g, 600g, 700g, 800g, 900g, 1 kg, 2 kg, 5 kg and 10 kg.

3.

Biscuits

25g, 50g, 60g, 75g, 100g, 120g, 150g, 200g, 250g, 300g, thereafter in multiples of 100g up to 1 kg and thereafter in multiples of 500g up to 5 kg.

4.

Bread including brown bread but excluding bun.

50g and there after in of multiples 50g upto 500g and above 500g in the multiples of 100g.

5.

Un-canned packages of butter and margarine

Below 25g no restriction, 25 g, 50 g, 100 g, 200 g, 500 g, 1 kg, 2 kg, 5 kg, and thereafter in multiples of 5 kg.

6.

Cereals and Pulses

Below 100g no restriction, 100g, 200g, 500g, 1 kg, 2 kg, 5 kg and thereafter multiples of 5 kg

7.

Coffee

Below 25g no restriction, 25g, 50g, 75g, 100g, 150g, 200g, 250g, 500g, 1kg, 1.5kg, 2kg and thereafter in multiples of 1kg.

8.

Tea

Below 25g no restriction, 25g, 50g, 100g, 125g 250g, 500g, 1kg and thereafter in multiples of 1kg.

9.

Materials which may be constituted or reconstituted as beverages.

Below 50g no restriction, 50 g, 75g, 100 g, 200 g, 250g, 400g, 450g, 500 g, 750g, 1 kg and thereafter in multiples of 1 kg.

(56g and 61g for medical purpose only)

10

Edible Oils Vanaspati, ghee, butter oil

50 g, 100 g, 200 g, 250g, 500 g, 1 kg, 2 kg, 3 kg, 5 kg and thereafter in multiples of 5 kg. If net quantity is declared by volume then 50ml, 100ml, 200ml, 250ml, 500ml, 1 litre, 2 litre, 3 litre, 5 litre and thereafter in multiple of 5 litre and the net quantity must be declared by mass also in the same size of letters/ numerals

11.

Milk Powder.

Below 50g no restriction, 50 g, 100g, 150g, 200g, 250g, 500 g, 1 kg and thereafter in multiples of 500 g.

12.

Non-soapy detergents (powder)

Below 50 g no restriction, 50g, 75g, 100g, 150g, 200g, 250g, 500g,

700g, 750g, 1kg, 1.5 kg, 2 kg and thereafter, in multiples

of 1 kg.

13.

Rice(powdered), flour, atta, rawa

and suji.

100g, 200g, 500g, 1kg, 1.25kg, 1.5kg, 1.75kg, 2kg, 5 kg and

thereafter in multiples of 5 kg.

14.

Salt

Below 50g in multiples of 10g, 50g, 100g, 200g, 500g, 750g, 1 kg, 2 kg, 5 kg and thereafter in multiples of 5 kg.

15.

Soaps

 

 

(a) Laundry Soap

25g, 50g, 75g, 100g, 125g, 150g and thereafter in multiples of 50g.

 

(b) Non-soapy

detergent cakes/ bars.

Below 50g no restriction, 50g, 75g, 100g, 125g, 150g, 200g, 250g, 300g and thereafter in multiples of 100g

 

(c) Toilet Soap including all kinds of bath soap (cakes).

15g, 25g, 50g, 60g, 75g, 100g, 125g, 150g and thereafter in multiples of 50g.

16.

Aerated soft drinks, non-alcoholic beverages.

65 ml (fruit based drinks only), 100 ml, 125ml(fruit based drinks only), 150 ml, 160ml, 175ml, 180ml, 200 ml, 240ml, 250 ml, 300 ml, 330ml(in cans only), 350ml, 400ml, 475ml, 500 ml, 600ml, 750 ml, 1 litre, 1.2 litre, 1.25 litre, 1.5 litre, 1.75 litre, 2 litre, 2.25 litre, 2.5 litre, 3 litre, 4 litre and 5 litre.

17.

Mineral water and drinking water

100 ml, 150 ml, 200 ml, 250 ml, 300 ml, 500 ml, 750 ml, 1 litre, 1.5 litre, 2 litre, 3 litre, 4 litre, 5 litre and in multiples of 5 litre.

18.

Cement in bags.

1 kg, 2 kg, 5 kg, 10 kg, 20 kg, 25 kg, 40 kg (for White cement only) and 50 kg.

19.

Paint varnish etc.

 

 

(a) Paint (other than paste paint or solid paint) varnish, varnish stains, enamels.

50 ml, 100 ml, 200 ml, 500 ml, 1 litre, 2 litre, 3 litre, 4 litre, 5 litre and thereafter in multiples of 5 litre.

 

(b) Paste paint and solid paint

500g, 1 kg, 1.5 kg, 2 kg, 3 kg, 5 kg, 7kg and thereafter multiple of 5 kg.

 

(c) Base paint:

100ml, 250ml, 400ml, 450 ml, 500 ml, 900 ml, 925 ml, 950 ml, 975 ml, 1 litre, 1.5 litre, 2.0 litre, 2.5 litre, 3.5 litre, 3.6 litre, 3.7 litre, 3.8 litre, 3.9 litre and 4 litre and no restriction above 4 litre.

 

 

However non-standard packs which have already been manufactured and packed on or before 31st October, 2012 and are ready for sale in different retail outlets, have been exempted from penal action. Controllers of Legal Metrology in all the states and UTs have been asked to ensure strict compliance of the order.

 
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