Drug is a drug, no need for red or green mark: Apex court

S. Murlidharan | Updated on March 13, 2013

Cosmetics and drugs cannot be treated on par with food articles and, therefore, need not be marked with red or green marks, according to the ingredients either non-vegetarian items or vegetarian items.

Such labelling has been mandated only for food items said the Supreme Court on a petition filed by the Union Government and the Indian Soaps & Toiletries Makers Association to overturn the Delhi High Court order made in 2002.

Heeding their plea, the Apex Court said it was neither possible for a drug and cosmetic manufacture to do so nor was it desirable in public interest.

It would be difficult to specify the origin of a vegetarian or non-vegetarian ingredient especially given the diverse food habits across the nation.

Hence, no red or green labelling is necessary as far as drugs and cosmetics are concerned.

(The author is a New Delhi-based chartered accountant)

Published on March 13, 2013

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