Direction under Section 16(5) of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 regarding operationalisation of Food Safety and Standards (Organic Food) Regulation, 2017

In exercise of the power conferred under section 92 of the Food Safety ad Standards Act-2006, FSSAI had framed the draft Food Safety and Standards (Organic Food) Regulations, 2017 and the same were notified on 19th June, 2017 for inviting comments of stakeholders. The comments received from varies stakeholders have been considered and incorporated, as appropriate, in the final regulations which have been approved by Food Authority in its 24th meeting held on 21st September, 2017 and also by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. These regulations are expected to be notified in Gazette of India shortly. Now, with a view to establish the regulatory framework for organic food article to ensure their safety and authenticity, the FSSAI has operationalised the Food Safety and Standards (Organic Food) Regulation, 2017 with immediate effect.