India clarifies GM-Free Certification for imports

Photo: Gurukrupa Corporation, India On February 8, 2021, the Indian government’s Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) clarified that the implementation of the requirement for a Genetically Modified-Free Certificate for […]
Tue 09/03/2021
Photo: Gurukrupa Corporation, India

On February 8, 2021, the Indian government’s Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) clarified that the implementation of the requirement for a Genetically Modified-Free Certificate for imported food products will apply to all consignments with a bill of lading dated March 1, 2021, and or after. The clarification further informs stakeholders about the permissible tolerance limit for the adventitious presence of genetically modified organisms (i.e., genetically engineered) at one percent. Earlier in its order of August 21, 2020, the FSSAI listed 24 food crops that are subject to this requirement: 

1) Alfalfa 

2) Apple 

3) Argentina Canola

4) Bean 

5) Chicory 

6) Cowpea 

7) Egg Plant

8) Flax Seed 

9) Maize 

10) Melon 

11) Papaya 

12) Pineapples 

13) Plum

14) Polish canola 

15) Potato

16) Rice 

17) Safflower 

18) Soybean 

19) Squash 

20) Sugar beet 

21) Sugarcane 

22) Sweet pepper 

23) Tomato

24) Wheat