New regulations on label information for prepacked foodstuffs and household goods.

Under the new law, consumers can be confident that the amount of packed foodstuffs is clearly marked on the label.

Everything from coffee to polish through breakfast cereals and baby food is covered.

Labelling must be displayed in metric terms but if the weight is not a round number, it must be displayed in pounds or ounces as well.

Consumers can complain to the Department of Industry and Commerce if they find that packets do not contain as much as is claimed on the label. A successful case against a manufacturer could result in a £2,000 fine or two years in jail. In certain circumstances, a case could also be taken against a retailer.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 February 1973. The reporter is John MacAleese.