How this government app can help you identify fake or real cosmetics and food products

How this government app can help you identify fake or real cosmetics and food products

When it comes to buying cosmetics, food products and other FMCG items, we mostly have to rely on the information on the package to know about the price, expiry date, certification details, etc. However, with counterfeit products flooding the market, it might be difficult to identify a fake product by just looking at. Sometimes crucial information might not be legible or shown on the package. The Department of Consumer Affairs, Government of India, and Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) via an app made by non-profit organisation GS1 is providing vital product information. Here is everything you need to know about it.

Download the Smart Consumer app by GS1 available on both Android and iOS

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Download the Smart Consumer app by GS1 available on both Android and iOS

The app works by scanning the product barcode which is printed on the pack

The app works by scanning the product barcode which is printed on the pack

Open the app to scan the barcode of the product you want to check

Open the app to scan the barcode of the product you want to check

If the barcode fails to get scanned, you can enter the number written near the barcode which is the GTIN of the product

If the barcode fails to get scanned, you can enter the number written near the barcode which is the GTIN of the product

On scanning, the app will immediately showcase the exact details of the product that you are using

On scanning, the app will immediately showcase the exact details of the product that you are using

Information like name of manufacturer, price, manufacture date, FSSAI license, etc will be shown

Information like name of manufacturer, price, manufacture date, FSSAI license, etc will be shown

If the information is not shown on the app, then either the information is not provided by the manufacturer or it may be fake

If the information is not shown on the app, then either the information is not provided by the manufacturer or it may be fake

To confirm whether the product is fake or not, get another pack of the same product from another source. If this pack shows correct information on the app and the previous one doesn’t then it could be fake

To confirm whether the product is fake or not, get another pack of the same product from another source. If this pack shows correct information on the app and the previous one doesn’t then it could be fake

This app can be used to verify the price and contents of the product in case someone has replaced the packaging or sticker

This app can be used to verify the price and contents of the product in case someone has replaced the packaging or sticker
You can also register a complaint about the product by using this app
Source:- gadgetsnow
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