Food regulator FSSAI has proposed that all packaged food items with 5 per cent or more genetically modified (GM) ingredients should declare the information through labelling.
In a draft of Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2018, it sought comments from stakeholders. The final regulation is likely in the next two months.
“All food products having total Genetically Engineered (GE) ingredients 5% or more shall be labelled. The total GE ingredients shall be of top three ingredients in terms of their percentage in the product,” the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said in the draft.
Besides, the draft has also outlined several other features. One among them is that the country of origin of the food shall be declared on the label of food imported into India. “When a food undergoes processing in a second country which changes its nature, the country in which the processing is performed shall be considered to be the country of origin for the purposes of labelling,” the draft said
On labelling of alcoholic beverages, FSSAI has proposed that the labels should carry a statutory warning — CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IS INJURIOUS TO HEALTH; BE SAFE – DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE — in English language.