Food labels and symbols have been made mandatory for food manufacturers by government by almost all countries in the world . High consumer awareness and anxiety for food related issues among masses made regulators to take note and implement laws for food manufacturer .
Any one buying food products must check following things which are available on packaging .
Date of production
This is to declare on which date food items were manufactured
Date of expiry
Most important of all .This declares the shelf life of the product don't buy anything which has crossed or nearing expiry date .This is also termed as ''best before ''in many countries
Manufacturers name and address
Manufacturers have to declare their name and address of manufacturing unit . Sometimes third party manufacturers are involved their name and address would be mentioned along with the marketing firm or principal owner of the product ,in case of any complaint please write to the address mentioned or visit that manufacturing unit.
List of ingredients used are mentioned on the packets so as to make consumer aware of the contents involved in manufacturing of the products . If you averse of any ingredients then you can select any other item .This is mandatory for manufacturer so as to protect consumers from adulteration .
This has been recently been added to labels by regulators . Allergen are highlighted in bold by the manufacturers on packets . such as "" traces of nuts and milk present "".
Calories are declared on each servings for product
Check the declared weights as there are chances that prodcut might be underweight .
Precautions if any
Some products require special storage precaution .
Batch code s
This is fro tracking product in case of manufacturing defects or problem the batch codes helps in recall.
Then there are various symbols which helps in identifying whether products is
Vegetarian or non -vegetarian
recyclable or non - recyclable
Way to handle
ISO & HACCP approved
Allergens if any