Forum: Agro & Rural Development Forum
Speaker: Mr Subhash Shete
VIA Agro & Food Processing Forum organized one day Workshop on “Pre-Packed Products Labeling & Mandatory Declarations on Label & E-Commerce Under Legal Metrology and Food Safety Act”
VIA Agro & Food Processing Cell has organizied one day Workshop on “Pre-Packed Products Labeling & Mandatory Declarations on Label & E-Commerce Under Legal Metrology and Food Safety Act” at VIA.
Mr Subhash Shete, Founder of Legal Fundda, Legal having rich experience of 15 years in Legal Advisory, Food Safety & Legal Metrology, Artwork-Label Approval, Statutory Compliance Management, Government Affair, Legal Drafting, Legal Audit, Contract Management, FCPA, Legal Training, Litigation Management, with organisations of repute in consumer-products, manufacturing, FMCG, e-commerce & retail sector covered the sessions.
Mr Shete elaborated that Label is the face of pre-packaged product and it helped the consumer to identify the product of their choice. Statutory declarations printed on the label guide the consumer to select the product as per their needs and requirements. It is a legal duty of the manufacturer to disclose all the mandatory information on the label of the product failing which it will lead to mis-branding and misleading information which is punishable offence for which various fine & penalties are prescribed under Act.
He further informed the participants about Legal Metrology and Food Safety Act provides detail guidelines on the manner and mode of making all the declarations on the label of the pre-packaged product. Detail knowledge of labeling guidelines and strict compliance of same will help to minimize legal risk to the business/business owners. As the unawareness of law is not a legal excuse, it is the duty of every manufacturer to understand labeling guidelines and keep consumer informed about the quality and quantity of the product. If we strictly comply with the labeling guidelines, one day “Misbranding” will be completely eradicated from India.
He also educated the participants about actual letter and spirit of the Act/Rules to avoid any non-compliance and penal action for non-compliance. He said various regulatory changes in labeling guidelines for pre-packaged commodities under Legal Metrology Act 2009 and Legal Metrology (Package Commodities) Rules, 2011 and Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, Rules & Regulation.
Mr Shivaji Suryawanshi, Inspector, Legal Metrology Dept. Nagpur Division made presentation on Short Note and History of Legal Metrology.
Mr Manoj Tiwari, Food Safety Officer – FDA, Nagpur made presentation on Food Safety & Standard Act 2006 & Product Labeling.
Workshop was attended by Manufacturer, Packer, Importer, Wholesaler, Retailers of Pre-packaged food non-food Commodities, E-commerce companies, Label & Art work designers, Advertisers & Publishers, In house Counsels, Quality and Regulatory Professionals, Advocates, Law Students and two participants from Chennai also attended the workshop.
Earlier, Mr Suresh Rathi, Vice President – VIA welcomed Mr Subhash Shete, Mr Shivaji Suryawanshi and Mr Manoj Tiwari with floral bouquets and in his welcome address, said deliberations on this important topic will be the need of the hour. Government Department is also coming up forward for assisting to resolve legal compliances. This workshop would educate participants about to know role, scope of legal metrology. Mr Arun Khobragade, Chairman of VIA Agro & Food Processing Forum made opening remarks and also introduced the speakers. On this occasion, participants were distributed participation certificate at the hands of guest speaker. Mr Arun Khobragade also proposed a formal vote of thanks.
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