The FSSAI imposes the logo on vegan food products | Latest India News

India’s food regulator has made it mandatory for all vegan foods to have the government-approved vegan logo, signifying regulatory compliance.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a notice in the Official Gazette to this effect on June 10, also listing the regulations with which vegan foods must comply. The move is intended to ensure that what is manufactured, sold and distributed as vegan food in the country is truly vegan, and comes amid an increase in demand for vegan food.

FSSAI regulations prohibit animal testing for any purpose, including safety evaluation, of vegan foods. “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,” reads the notification of the gazette of June 10.

In September 2021, the food regulator launched a logo specifically to identify vegan foods to help consumers easily identify and differentiate them from non-vegan foods.

According to the Government’s definition, vegan food means food (including ingredients, additives, flavourings, enzymes and carriers or processing aids) which are not of animal origin and whose production and processing contain ingredients, additives, flavourings, enzymes and carriers or processing aids. which are of animal origin are not used.

Veganism has gained momentum in the country in recent years, which experts attribute in large part to a growing awareness of reducing the environmental impact on the planet and also the benefits of consuming veganism. plant-based foods.

“Veganism in India is definitely gaining popularity; especially after Covid-19, we see that many people do not want to start eating meat again. The health benefits of plant-based diets are one of the main reasons, as they help people with cholesterol problems tremendously. We conducted a survey for three months in our hospital – subjecting people to a plant-based diet under strict medical supervision – and found that they were able to improve their lipid profile,” said Ritika Samaddar, head of regional dietetics department at Max Healthcare.

The food regulator has also ordered manufacturers to ensure good manufacturing practices so there are no unintended presence of non-vegan substances.

“If the same production line is shared with non-vegan products or ingredients, deep cleaning or comparable measures in accordance with good manufacturing practice must be carried out before the start of production of vegan products and the same must take place. extend to all machinery, equipment, associated utensils and surfaces.(6) The food business operator should take appropriate precautions in accordance with good manufacturing practice before any vegan products are prepared, produced or packaged,” a- he declared.

The government has also imposed import restrictions on vegan food products unless all regulatory requirements are met.

“No vegan food products will be imported except with a certificate issued by the recognized authorities of the exporting countries in the format specified by the Authority,” the FSSAI said.


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