FSSAI issues direction regarding enforcement of the FSS (Organic foods) Regulations, 2017

Apr 04, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on April 02, 2019 with the approval of the Competent Authority issues direction under Section 16(5) of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 regarding enforcement of the FSS (Organic foods) Regulations, 2017 as notified on December 29, 2017. On June 29, 2018, a direction was issued and directed that all FBOs manufacturing or processing and handling organic food have to obtain license under FSS Act, 2006 and get the organic food endorsed in licenses upto September 30, 2018. FBOs are facing challenges in implementation of the Regulations. One of the major challenges is that there are a large number of producers and producer organizations in the country who are not certified.  With this regard, following decisions have been made:

•The provision of direct sales of organic food to the end consumer by the small original producer or producer organization having annual turnover of organic produce of not more than 12 lakhs is permitted. They are allowed to sell organic food without any certification that is NOPO or PGS-India.

•It is not viable for small producers who have low quantities of organic food to go to the market. In such cases the intermediary may collect organic food from small producers and sell it to the end consumer directly. Such intermediary should have a turnover of organic produce not exceeding Rs 50 lakhs per annum. They are allowed to sell organic food without any certification that is NOPO or PGS-India.

Food Safety officers at state level may however ensure that limits of contaminants and insecticide residues are complied as specified in the relevant Regulations.

Click here to download the Direction.

 


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