The Standard of Weights and Measures Act, 1976 was enacted to establish standards of weights and measures, to regulate inter-state trade or commerce in weights, measures and other goods which are sold or distributed by weight, measure or number, and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. The Act extends to the whole of India.
SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF GOODS IN PACKAGED FORM
When commodities are sold or distributed in packaged form in the course of inter-State trade or commerce, it is essential that every package must have a:
- Plain and conspicuous declaration thereon showing the identity of the commodity in the package,
- The net quantity in terms of the standard units of weights and measures and if in nos., the accurate number therein,
- The unit sale price of the commodity and the sale price of that particular package of that commodity.
The names of the manufacturer, and also of the packer or distributor, should also be mentioned on the package.
In this regard the Packaged Commodities Rules were framed in 1977. These Rules extend to the whole of India and apply to commodities in the packaged form which are, or are intended or likely to be sold, distributed or delivered or offered or displayed for sale, distribution or delivery or which are stored for sale, or for distribution or delivery in the course of inter-state trade and commerce.