Through a notification dated 29 June 2018, the FSSAI has issued directions regarding Compliance of Food Safety and Standards (Organic Food) Regulation, 2017 which have been published in the Official Gazette of India dated 29th Dec. 2017. According to the 29 December 2017 notification all Food Business Operators were required to ensure compliance of their existing and new organic products by 1 July 2018 with all the provisions of these regulations. Also, FBOs were to comply with various regulations notified under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
- However, the FSSAI has received various representations from stakeholders and after review of the preparedness of the implementation of the above regulations, they have decided to permit the use of non-detachable stickers with respect to the FSSAI Organic logo which is required as per the regulation of 30 September 2018.
- Food Business Operators that manufacture or processor handle Organic Foods shall have to obtain a license under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 or get the organic food endorsed in their existing license through the FLRS up to 30 September 2018
- Further, for the purpose of sub-regulation (2) of the regulation 4 of the Organic Regulations, it is clarified that the small producer or producer organisation may be the same as for ‘petty food manufacturer’ under the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulation, 2011 which in other words means businesses with an annual turnover not exceeding Rs.12 lakhs per annum.
Regulation 4 of the Food Safety and Standards (Organic Food) Regulation, 2017 as mentioned above is as follows
Applicability of the systems: (1) The organic food offered or promoted for sale shall also comply with all the applicable provisions of one of the following systems, namely:—
(i) National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP);
(ii) Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India).
(iii) Any other system or standards as may be notified by the Food Authority from time to time.
(2) The Organic food which is marketed through direct sales by the small original producer or producer organization, as determined by the Food Authority from time to time, to the end consumer shall be exempted from the provisions of the systems referred in sub-regulation (1) mentioned above.