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Food regulator FSSAI has come out with a draft regulation for organic food products, seeking to ensure that these food items are actually organic. Draft regulations for organic food products to ensure the authenticity of organic foods.

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Image of the Fssai

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Highlights:

  • FSSAI’s guidelines have been prepared in view of rising demand for organic food products.
  • Organic foods will have to fulfill with the government’s provisions under the

    • National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) or
    • Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India)
    • Agriculture Ministry or any other standards notified by FSSAI
  • The draft regulation mandates that labelling of organic foods should convey full and accurate information on the organic status of the product.
  • Organic food products should also carry a certification mark or a quality assurance mark given by any of the notified certification bodies.
  • The FSSAI’s draft has exempted organic food marketed through direct sale by the original producer or producer Organisation to the end consumer from verification compliance

Definition

  • Organic agriculture has been defined as a system of farm design and management that creates an eco-system of agriculture production without the use of synthetic external inputs such as chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides and synthetic hormones or genetically modified organisms.
  • The organic farm is defined as the product obtained from organic agriculture.
  • Organic foods are defined as those food products that are produced in accordance with specified standards for organic production.

Need:

  • The consumers do not have any method to check the authenticity the organic food products
  • Due to the absence of a regulatory framework.
  • Organic food products are those that have to be grown without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides
  • Organic food products made from organically produced raw materials.
  • The draft regulations are aimed at ensuring the authenticity of organic food products sold in the market.

FSSAI

  • FSSAI was established by Government of India on 5 September 2008 under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
  • The FSSAI consists of a chairperson & 22 members.
  • The statutory powers FSSAI
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Image of the Statutory Powers FSSAI

Image of the statutory powers FSSAI

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Image of FSSAI Product Approval Flow Chart

Image of FSSAI product approval flow chart

- Published/Last Modified on: September 6, 2017

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