Food Sector Current Affairs

FSSAI issues Draft Regulations for Organic Food Products

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has come out with draft regulations for organic food products to ensure the authenticity of organic foods.

FSSAI’s guidelines have been prepared in view of rising demand for organic food products.

Organic foods will have to comply with the government’s provisions under the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) or the Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India) run by the Agriculture Ministry or any other standards notified by FSSAI.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has invited comments from the public regarding the provisions of the draft regulations.

Need

At present, the consumers do not have any method to check the authenticity of 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 fertilisers and pesticides or those made from organically produced raw materials. The draft regulations are aimed at ensuring the authenticity of organic food products sold in the market.

Salient Highlights

Definition 

The draft regulations have come up with the following definitions:

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, fertilisers, 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.

Organic farm produce means the product obtained from organic agriculture, while organic food means food products that have been produced in accordance with specified standards for organic production.

Other features 

FSSAI’s regulation mandates that labelling of organic foods should provide full and accurate information regarding the organic status of the organic foods.

Organic food products must carry a certification mark or a quality assurance mark provided by the notified certification bodies.

FSSAI’s regulations have exempted organic food marketed by the original producer or producer organisation through a direct sale from verification compliance. However, this exemption will not be applicable to processed organic products.

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AAHAR 2016 kicked off at New Delhi

The largest fair on Food and Hospitality Sector in India, AAHAR 2016 has kicked off at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

It is the 31st edition in this series of the fair and was inaugurated by Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

Key facts

  • AAHAR is largest show of its kind in South Asia.
  • It is organized by India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) under aegis of Ministry of Commerce and Industry. It is supported by the different ministries.
  • The main aim of the fair is act as a growth propelling event to promote Brand India on a global platform.
  • AAHAR 2016 will cover two separate but concurrent exhibitions (i) Hospitality India: It will cover Hotel & Restaurant Equipment and Supplies (ii) Food India: It will cover Foods, Processed Foods, Food Processing and Beverages.

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