Center notifies final rule to classify vegan foods

Veganism as a food choice is growing around the world. Although India is not new to vegetarianism, veganism differs from the practice that as part of the diet, not only meat but even animal products like milk are avoided. While some Western countries tout veganism as a way to combat adverse environmental effects through lifestyle changes, expert opinion is split. But it’s safe to say that veganism is also gaining momentum in India, albeit for a small audience.

The Center published the final notification of the Food Safety and Standards (Vegan Food) Regulations 2022 on Wednesday, specifying what constitutes a vegan food, the type of labelling/packaging that will be required for it and the compliances also for food business operators.

The June 10 notification was released on Wednesday and the government said it would come into effect immediately. News18 explains what categorizes vegan food now, in India:

No “animal-derived, tested” products

The notification issued by the Food Standards Safety Association of India (FSSAI) defines “vegan food” as the food or food ingredient, including additives, flavorings, enzymes and carriers, or processing aids that do not are not products of animal origin and in which, at any stage of production and processing, ingredients, including additives, flavourings, enzymes and carriers, or processing aids of animal origin have been used.

“No person shall manufacture, package, sell, offer for sale, market or otherwise distribute or import foods as vegan foods unless they comply with the requirements set out in these regulations,” the government said, adding : “Food products to be called vegan, must not have involved animal testing for any purpose, including safety evaluation, unless provided by a regulatory authority.

Not just the production, the packaging also needs to be watched closely

“We also ensure that every packaging material used for vegan food complies with the provisions of the packaging regulations and the food business operator (FBO) must ensure that all stages of production, processing and distribution are designed to take appropriate precautions in accordance with good manufacturing practices so as to avoid the unintended presence of non-vegan substances,” an official said.

Traceability down to manufacturer level

Most importantly, traceability must be established down to the manufacturer level and the food business operator must comply with any other requirements specified by the food authority to maintain the vegan integrity of the food or food ingredient or product. derivatives. said.

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