Failure to display mandatory warning or caution on labels of pesticides product is defined as “misbranding” 

 Manner of labelling

 

  The label shall contain in a prominent place and occupying not less than one-sixteenth of the total area of the face of the label, a square, set at an angle of 450 (diamond shape). The dimension of the said square shall depend on the size of the package on which the label is to be affixed. The said square shall be divided into two equal triangles, the upper portion shall contain the symbol and signal word specified in sub-rule (4) and the lower portion shall contain the colour specified in sub-rule (5).

 

The upper portion of the square, referred to in sub-rule (3) shall contain the following symbols and warning statements—

 

i.        Insecticides belonging to Category I (Extremely toxic) shall contain the symbol

      of a skull and cross-bones and the word "POISON" printed in red;

 

The following warning statements shall also appear on the label at appropriate place, outside the triangle,

 

a.      "KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN"

b.      "IF  SWALLOWED,  OR  IF,  SYMPTOMS  OF  POISONING  OCCUR  CALL

PHYSICIAN  IMMEDIATELY"; 

 

ii.      Insecticides in Category II (highly toxic) will contain the word "POISON" printed in red and the statement "KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN"; shall also appear on the label at appropriate place, outside the triangle,

 

iii.    Insecticides in Category III (moderately toxic) shall bear the word "DANGER"

and the statement "KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN"; shall also

           appear on the label at suitable place outside the triangle;

 

iv.    Insecticides in Category IV (Slightly toxic) shall bear the word "CAUTION". 


The lower portion of the square referred to in sub-rule (4) shall contain the colour specified in  column (4) of the table below, depending on the classification of the insecticides  specified  in  the corresponding  entry in column (1) of the said table.

 

Classification of the

Insecticides

Medium lethal dose by

the oral route acute toxicity LD 50 mg/ kg.. body weight of test animals

Medium lethal dose by the dermal route dermal toxicity  LD 50 mg/kg. Body weight of test animals Colour of identification band on the label
1 2  3  4
1. Extremely toxic  1-50  1-200  Bright red
2. Highly toxic  51-500  201-2000  
Bright yellow
3. Moderately toxic  51-500 2001-20000  Bright blue
4. Slightly toxic  More than 5000  More than 20000  Bright green

In addition to the precautions to be undertaken under sub-rules (3), (4) and (5) the label to be affixed in the package containing insecticides which are highly inflammable shall indicate that it is inflammable or that the insecticides should be kept away from the heat or open flame and the like.

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