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FSSAI moves to regulate organic traceability

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India’s food regulator will clamp down on the traceability organic foods with new standards to ensure the organic status of product claims.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed that traceability should be established at producer level. It will now seek a public review of the draft regulation before it can be finalised.

The proposal also specifies labelling and certification standards. “Such products shall carry a certification/quality assurance mark of one of the systems that certify organic food

Any seller of organic food either exclusively or as part of their retail merchandise shall display such food in a manner distinguishable from... conventional food so that the consumers are not misled,” the draft regulations added.

Non-compliance will incur penalties as a “false, misleading or deceptive claim”.

The food authority may establish appropriate institutional mechanisms to implement these regulations and promote authentic organic food in the country,” the draft added.

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