Vegan food products will soon have a logo launched by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on their packaging.
This is part of the FSSAI draft rules for vegan food products. For the first time, the FSSAI has developed draft rules for these products.
The Indian government has described vegan food and mentioned the compliance requirement.
Similar to the logos for vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, vegan food will have a green colored logo and the letter “V” will help consumers identify a food product as vegan.
“Previously, we had logos for vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. People know the green dot for vegetarian foods and the brown dot for non-vegetarian foods. But beyond that, there is a movement for veganism. Many people are allergic to milk, which is why they want to avoid animal products altogether. For them, we have the vegan food logo which will help people make their choice,” said Arun Singhal, Managing Director of FSSAI.
He added that a key feature of the vegan diet is that food products are not derived from animals at all. It is an all-vegetable diet.
According to the draft regulations, “vegan foods” means foods or food ingredients that do not use any ingredients, additives or processing aids of animal origin, including milk and milk products, fish, poultry, meat , eggs or egg products, honey bee or honey products, materials of insect origin such as silk, dyes, bone charcoal used in sugar bleaching, among others.
“Food products or ingredients called vegan must not have involved animal testing to assess the safety of the final product or ingredient and must not contain GMOs of animal origin or products prepared with using a gene of animal origin for the manufacture of ingredients or products. ,” It said.
(Courtesy of agencies)
Vegan food products will have an FSSAI logo on the packaging