India clarifies GM-Free Certification for imports

Tue 09/03/2021 by Richard Wilkinson
India clarifies GM-Free Certification for imports

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

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