brown logo on non-veg biscuits
NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 27: VEGETARIANS and animal lovers
can now check for a brown logo on food products to avoid consuming
anything with non-vegetarian ingredients, whether biscuits
or potato chips.
As per a new rule notified yesterday, the logo, a brown circle
inside a square , would henceforth be on the label of any
product using a non-vegetarian ingredient. It would come into
effect starting October 4.
The Health Ministry said that the rule, that excludes milk
and milk products, plus medicines, would make it mandatory
for every manufacturer to inform the consumer if any non-vegetarian
ingredients had gone into the making of its product.
When any article of food contains whole or part of any animal,
including bird, fresh-water or marine animals or eggs or products
of any animal origin as an ingredient, a declaration to this
effect shall be made by the manufacturer by displaying the
brown symbol, the notification says.
The brown symbol should be close in proximity to the name
or brand name of the product, and should also be on the labels,
containers, pamphlets, leaflets and advertisements in any
media, it adds. A separate declaration in addition to the
symbol is to be made when a product contains only egg as a
The notification will push a whole lot of food products into
the non-vegetarian category as a list of animal-based food
items brought out by the Animal Welfare Department this year
includes many varieties of biscuits, colas, chocolates, ice-creams
Colas which use glycerol extracted from animals or plants,
chewing gum and chocolate which contain glycerin, gelatin
and emulsifiers of animal origin, jellies made with non-vegetarian
gelatin, and sweets and pan with silver varakh and
biscuits using animal enzymes are mentioned in the list.
The varakh on mithai consumed by an average
family per year would alone represent the use of ox-guts of
three cows/bulls as it is made by beating sheets of silver
kept between intestines of a freshly slaughtered animal.