25 May, 2020
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Labelling organic products
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had issued regulations that required food companies selling organic produce to get certified from either one authority. Certificate issuing authorities will be National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) or the Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India). Companies could also get a voluntary logo from the FSSAI that marked its produce as ‘organic.’ It will be implemented from July 2018, any company that claims to sell organic food and not sticking to standards can be prosecuted.
Organic farming certification had been done through a process of third party certification under the NPOP. This is a top- down mechanism run by the Ministry of Commerce used for certifying general exports. Nearly 24 agencies were authorised by the NPOP to verify farms, storages and processing units and successful ones got a special ‘India Organic’ logo.
PGS-India: The PGS-India programme had been working from 2015, it involves a peer-review approach. Here, farmers play a role in certifying whether the farms in their vicinity adhered to organic-cultivation practices. This programme was implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture through the National Centre of Organic Farming.
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