Mandatory GM labeling on Packaged Food

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

In January 2013, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, formally implemented the Legal metrology (Packaged Commodities) Amendment Rules, 2012 as published in the Indian Official Gazette Notification No. G.S.R. 427(E), which stipulates that every package containing food derived from products of biotechnology shall bear at the top of its principal display panel the letters “GM.”

On June 5, 2012, the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, issued notification G.S.R. 427 (E) amending the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, effective January 1, 2013, according to the notification it has become mandatory that every packaged food containing the Genetically Modified (GM) ingredients shall bear at the top of its label (principal display panel) the letters “GM.” However, to date the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued no labeling requirements for foods derived from products of biotechnology in India.
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