Expiry dates to be mentioned on online products

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has ordered that products sold online should have details of expiry dates and maximum retail prices – MRP clearly available to the customer.

This rule will apply on e-commerce websites that sell packaged consumer products online.

The rule will come into effect from 1 January 2018 on all online websites selling products. The product displayed online would also need to have the country of origin mentioned.

The rule will ensure that online products sold are fresh and consumers are not buying old goods.

The order has been passed based on a customer survey conducted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

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