Understanding Food Labels
Being able to understand and correctly interpret the labels on food items is vitally important to be able to make good food choices and prepare healthy food in your kitchen. Some of these are legally mandatory to be displayed on every food (packet) sold in the market.
Did you Know?
‘Fortified’ food means essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals have been added to the food. Eating fortified wheat flour, rice, milk, oil, and salt helps to meet your daily requirement for nutrients that help you grow, fight infections and stay strong and healthy. For more information visit
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Always check the ‘Date of Manufacture’ and ‘Date of Expiry’ or ‘Best Before’ date for freshness
Be sure to consume foods before the ‘Best Before’ date or before the ‘Expiry Date’ has lapsed.
Instructions for use
USE NUTRITION FACTS TO CHOOSE PROCESSED FOODS WISELY
SERVING SIZE and NET WEIGHT:
FATS & CHOLESTEROL :
GUIDELINES FOR DAILY ALLOWANCE (GDA) or DAILY VALUE % (DV%)
A great way to help the environment, while fulfilling our food needs is by using products that can be recycled. Simply look for the recyclable sign on the packet before making the purchase.
Authentic Organic Food
For those who would like to consume genuine organic food, FSSAI has launched an initiative called ‘Jaivik Bharat’ to ensure genuineness of food labelled and sold as ‘organic’.
The ‘Jaivik Bharat’ logo, a common identity for organic food, helps you identify authentic organic food.
An ‘Indian Organic Integrity Database’ has been developed and is available through the Jaivik Bharat portal at
India has two organic certification systems in place. Although both the systems are based upon common national standards but adopt different approach for verification and documentation.
- National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) for export and
- Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India) for domestic and local markets.
NPOP certification is a kind of third party certification, in which, the farm or the processing of the agriculture produce is certified in accordance with national or international organic standards by an accredited organic certification agency. NPOP certification is facilitated by Agriculture Processed Food and Export Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Govt. of India. Products produced with NPOP Certification carries India Organic Logo.
Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India) certification
Participatory Guarantee Systems are locally focused quality assurance systems, built on a foundation of trust, social networks and knowledge exchange. In the case of organic agriculture, PGS is a process in which people in similar situations (in this case producers) assess, inspect and verify the production practices of each other and collectively declare the entire holding of the group as organic. PGS-India is facilitated by Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India through National Centre of Organic Farming (NCOF) as its Secretariat. First two years, the products carry PGS India Green and then PGS India logo.