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FSSAI Brings New Regulations for Organic Food Products

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is planning to come out with a draft regulation, for proper certification of organic food in India

India: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made a draft regulation for organic food products which would ensure safety and certification of the organic food produced. As per the draft, the organization has planned to keep one trained and certified food safety supervisor, for hotels and restaurants, mandatorily. The organization has planned to tie up with Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) to launch a training program of the master trainers. The organization is trying to ensure food safety and healthy nutrition to prevent food borne infections and diseases along with complete nutrition.

The organization has made the umbrella regulations, as traceability is an important factor for organic food. The food association is also trying to explore feasibility of mentioning calorie and other nutritional value in the food menu.

TechSci Research depicts that the increasing demand for the organic food and multiple certifications have become a hindrance for exporters and importers. The exporting country also has its own certification standards and thus, organic food manufacturers must secure dual certifications, which poses a challenge of getting food certified both in the home country as well as in the exporting country. Furthermore, the demand of organic food and beverages across the globe is increasing, due to various health benefits associated with it and consequently organic agriculture system is gaining popularity throughout the world. This is leading to a tremendous growth in the imports and exports across the countries.

According to a recently published report by TechSci Research, “India Organic Food Market By Product Type, Competition Forecast and Opportunities, 2011 - 2021”, the market for organic food in India is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 25% during 2016–2021, on account of changing food consumption patterns and increasing instances of contamination of farm produce with chemical fertilizers and pesticides, surging investments in organic food market and rising use of bio fertilizers. Organic pluses and food grains segment dominates India organic food market, as pulses and food grains form an important part of staple diets in India. Further, West India is anticipated to continue dominating the organic food in the country through 2021, on account of high disposable income levels and rising health consciousness among consumers in the region.

 

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