Greendotter
The food product marked with a green dot
indicates that it has only vegetarian contents.
Dots

Food Safety Standard Act 2006 stipulates

Any Package of Food has to carry a Label containing the following details:

A declaration to this effect shall be made by a symbol and colour code so stipulated for this purpose to indicate that the product is Vegetarian Food. The symbol shall consist of a green colour filled circle inscribed in a square with green outline having side double the diameter of the circle, as indicated in clause (17) of sub-rule (ZZZ) of rule 42.

“Provided further that whenever any article of food contains whole or part of any animal including birds and fresh water or marine animals or eggs as an ingredient, a declaration to this effect shall be made by a symbol and colour code so stipulated for this purpose to indicate that the product is Non-Vegetarian Food. See Rule 32 Part VII Packing and Labeling of Foods”. Along with the pictorial representations, similar to the one given below in the website.

Green Dot means 100% Vegetarian.

Red Dot means ingredients contain animal matter including EGG.

As per the Directive circulated by FIHRA -"The Director General of Health Services, Govt. of India has notified, vide P15019/14/2004 PH (Food) dated 29.06.2006, regarding compulsory display of GREEN and RED Dots to differentiate between Vegetarians & Non-Vegetarian Food respectively. Members are advised to ensure that 'red' & 'green' dots are used on all displays of buffets(breakfast,lunch & dinner) on menu cards, wall mounted menu displays & on the packaging of take-away containers to clearly indicate the non-vegetarian (red-dot) & vegetarian(green dot) food items. Special care may be taken in the case of desserts & soups which may have egg/non-vegetarian ingredients, to ensure that 'red' & 'green' dots correctly reflects the nature of item being served or sold.

All state food authorities have been directed to take necessary action to ensure compliance of the above".

The following symbols are mandatory:

Every package of Vegetarian Food shall bear the following Symbol in green colour on the principal display panel just close in proximity to the name or brand name of food, namely:

Every package of Non-Vegetarian Food shall bear the following Symbol in red colour on the principal display panel just close in proximity to the name or brand name of food, namely: