Vegetarian and non-vegetarian marks

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Vegetarian and non-vegetarian marks
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The green dot symbol (left) identifies vegetarian food, and the brown dot symbol (right) identifies non-vegetarian food.
Effective region India
Effective since 2006[citation needed]
Product category Packaged food products
Legal status Mandatory
Mandatory since 2011[citation needed]

Packaged food products sold in India are required to be labelled with a mandatory mark in order to be distinguished between vegetarian and non-vegetarian.[1][2][3][4][5] The symbol is in effect following the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Act of 2006, and got a mandatory status after the framing of the respective regulations (Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulation) in 2011.[1] According to the law, vegetarian food should be identified by a green symbol and non-vegetarian food with a brown symbol.


Only veg and non-veg[edit]

In the present scheme there are no distinguishing marks for egg and milk products, other than the broad vegetarian and non-vegetarian classifications.

The mark[edit]

The law gives a detailed specification of the mark. The opening sentence of the specification says:

The symbol shall consist of a green colour filled circle, having a diameter not less than the minimum size specified in the table below, inside the square with green outline having size double the diameter of the circle, as indicated below ....

— Food safety and standards (packaging and labelling) regulations of India, 2011, Rule 4.

The mark is either a green dot or a brown one in a square of the same colour. The law also specifies other requirements - for example, the mark should be placed near the brand logo or in an easily noticeable position.

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