February 28, 2024


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

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

The Food stuff Safety and Requirements Authority of India (FSSAI) has appear out with this buy to assure that only non-GM food crops appear into the place.

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

Environmental teams have been complaining that imported food items normally comprise genetically modified organisms (GMO).

Stricter assessments at ports

The FSSAI is in the system of framing restrictions on GM food items.

Whilst a draft regulation on that is under consideration, the most current GM buy, in the interim, is expected to tighten basic safety assessments of imported food crops at ports.

In an buy introduced on Friday, the FSSAI said: “It has been determined that every single consignment of these imported food crops shall be accompanied with a non-GM-origin-cum-GM-free certification issued by the capable countrywide authority of the exporting place.”

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



Fresh restrictions

The FSSAI buy said this is remaining done to “ensure that only non-GM food crops are imported into India, pending framing of restrictions relevant to genetically-engineered or modified” food items.

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

Will need considerable testing

“For the implementation of the buy, the FSSAI needs to gear up by getting up prevalent testing and also getting the support of notify citizens and by performing on grievances relevant to suspected GM,” Kuruganti said.

“This is a extremely critical memo,” said agriculture pro Devinder Sharma. “It is remarkable that the FSSAI took this determination irrespective of pressures from sturdy foyer teams. The list addresses pretty much all significant crops.” Sharma was referring to a latest campaign by an India-US company grouping to compel Delhi to enable five for each cent transgenic element in agricultural commodities imported under a trade treaty.