Gazette Notification of Food Safety and Standards (Organic Food) Regulation, 2017

Stating that it was mandatory for manufacturers of organic food products to establish their traceability, the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued a gazette notification containing organic food regulations, laying down those pertaining to their labelling, certification and import. The notification stated, “Traceability shall be established upto the producer level as applicable under the systems mentioned in Regulation 4 and shall include any other requirements prescribed by the food authority to maintain the organic integrity of the food product.” Regulation 4 of this notification describes the applicability of the systems, which include (i) the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP); (ii) the Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India) and (iii) any other system or standards as may be notified by the country’s apex food regulator from time to time. These regulations, which are called the Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulations, 2017, will come into force on July 1, 2018.