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FSSAI NEWS 1. FSSAI directs new regulations related to the sale of organic food products
FSSAI has issued a directive to all the state food safety authorities to implement the new Food Safety Standards (Organic Food) Regulations with which all the food business operators (FBOs) were required to comply by April 1, 2019. According to the standards, the direct sale of organic food to end consumer is allowed to small/original producers and organisations having an annual turnover not exceeding Rs 12 lakh were permitted to sell without any certification, i.e. NPOP (National Programme for Organic Production)/PGS (Participatory Guarantee System)-India.
Also, the aggregators/intermediaries that help the small farmers in selling the products to end consumer will be allowed to sell products without any certification. The Jaivik Bharat Logo is exempted in both the above cases. However, the limits of contaminants and insecticide residues in these products should be adhered by FBOs. Whereas, organic food retail companies are required to comply with all the regulations.
According to FSSAI, several representations were received by the FSSAI regarding the challenges faced in the implementation of the regulations by the organic food businesses, including small original producers.
FSSAI NEWS 2. FSSAI proposes new standards for synthetic syrup and sharbat
FSSAI has released a gazette draft notification for the amendment in the existing standards of synthetic syrup and sharbat, which might differentiate between the properties of both the products.