Come July, label mandatory for food certified as organic

Come July, it would be illegal to sell organic food that was not appropriately labelled so.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had issued regulations that required food companies selling organic produce to get certified with one of the two authorities National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) or the Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India). Companies could also get a voluntary logo from the FSSAI that marked its produce as organic.

Though NPOP and PGS-India had been in the certification business for some years, it was mostly a voluntary exercise. From July, any company that claims to sell organic food and not sticking to standards can be prosecuted, Pawan Aggrawal, CEO, FSSAI told The Hindu.