April 21, 2024


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‘No-GM’ certificate mandatory for imported food crops from January

Occur January 1, 2021, importers of 24 important food items crops will have to mandatorily declare that the items are not genetically-modified and that they also have a non-GM origin.

The Foodstuff Safety and Specifications Authority of India (FSSAI) has occur out with this purchase to assure that only non-GM food items crops occur into the state.


The 24 food items crops incorporate apple, eggplant, maize, wheat, melon, pineapple, papaya, plum, potato, rice, soyabean, sugarbeet, sugarcane, tomato, sweet pepper, squash, flax seed, bean plum, and chicory.

Environmental groups have been complaining that imported foods usually include genetically modified organisms (GMO).

Stricter assessments at ports

The FSSAI is in the course of action of framing rules on GM foods.

Whilst a draft regulation on that is less than thought, the hottest GM purchase, in the interim, is expected to tighten basic safety assessments of imported food items crops at ports.

In an purchase produced on Friday, the FSSAI said: “It has been resolved that each consignment of these imported food items crops shall be accompanied with a non-GM-origin-cum-GM-free certification issued by the competent national authority of the exporting state.”

Importers will need to have to declare that the merchandise is ‘of non-GM origin, does not include genetically modified organism, and is also not genetically modified’.



Refreshing rules

The FSSAI purchase said this is becoming completed to “ensure that only non-GM food items crops are imported into India, pending framing of rules relevant to genetically-engineered or modified” food items items.

The implementation of the rule would phone for in depth testing, said Kavitha Kuruganti of the Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture.

Will need to have in depth testing

“For the implementation of the purchase, the FSSAI requires to equipment up by getting up widespread testing and also getting the support of notify citizens and by performing on issues relevant to suspected GM,” Kuruganti said.

“This is a very significant memo,” said agriculture specialist Devinder Sharma. “It is remarkable that the FSSAI took this decision in spite of pressures from sturdy lobby groups. The listing addresses nearly all important crops.” Sharma was referring to a the latest campaign by an India-US business grouping to compel Delhi to let five for each cent transgenic part in agricultural commodities imported less than a trade treaty.