Cosmetics may soon sport red or green dots to indicate if products contain animal origin ingredients

The consumer affairs department has called a meeting of all the stakeholders in the cosmetics, toothpastes and toiletries sector next week to understand their view point on enforcing the “red or brown” and green dots indication on packed products specifying whether the product contains ingredients that are of animal origin.

Sources said that women and child welfare minister and animal welfare activist Maneka Gandhi has been pushing for such signs on every item so that the consumer is aware of what product he/ she is using. “She wants the labeling should be on cosmetics, toothpastes and toiletries. This will prevent vegetarians using any product with animal ingredient unknowingly,” said a consumer affairs department official.

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