In order to ensure the quality of organic food products, the FSSAI has come up with new ways to make sure that these food items are really organic.
Organic foods will have to follow the regulations under the National Programme for Organic Production(NPOP) of the Government, or the Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India) under the Agriculture Ministry.
There is no way for consumers of organic food produce in India to really be sure that what is sold to them in the name of organic food is really organic. The draft regulations on organic food are aimed at overcoming this problem, said the FSSAI.
The draft regulations mandate labelling of organic foods that convey complete and accurate information on the organic status of the product.
The draft has exempted organic food marketed through direct sale by the original producer or producer organisation to the end consumer from verification compliance. However, this does not apply to processed organic products.