Further to just-food.com's March story (/news_detail.asp?art=28386&app=1), the Government has notified that effective 4 October, all food intended for direct consumption and containing any non-vegetarian (including eggs) ingredient will have to be marked with a symbol on all packaging, publicity, pamphlets etc.

The symbol, a brown circle inside a rectangle, will guard against inadvertant consumption by India's vegetarians. Approximately 40% of Indians are totally vegetarian, and a further large percentage is largely so. Even non-vegetarian Hindus follow certain festivals and periods which amount to about 40 days a year, during which they totally abstain from meat.

By Navroz Havewala, just-food.com correspondent