The Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) First Amendment Regulations, 2021

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on October 14, 2021 has issued the Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) First Amendment Regulations, 2021 to further amended the Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulation, 2017. The amendment in the Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulation, 2017 are as follows: In Regulation 4 (3) which specifies “Aggregators or Intermediaries who collect organic food from small original producer or producer organization and sell it to the end consumer directly, are exempted from the provisions of the systems referred in subregulation (1) and they shall maintain records of traceability and comply with any of the provisions of the systems mentioned in sub-regulation (1) and organic food shall not carry Food Safety and Standard Authority of India's organic logo”, has been inserted. In Regulation 5 (3) which specifies “In-conversion products under PGS-India may be labelled as 'PGS-Green' and may also be labelled as „In-conversion to organic‟ and the conversion products under NPOP may be labelled as „In-conversion to organic' and shall mention the year of conversion and such in-conversion products shall not carry Food Safety and Standard Authority of India's organic logo”, has been inserted. This shall come into force on October 14, 2021 and food business operator shall comply with all the provisions of these regulations with effect from May 1, 2022.