Indians consuming imported GM-processed food, parliamentary panel says

Vishwa Mohan, TNN | Mar 29, 2014

NEW DELHI: India doesn’t allow commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops but Indians may well be consuming GM processed food- knowingly or un-knowingly.

A Parliamentary panel has brought this out in the open by pointing out shortcomings in the functioning of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), which has failed miserably to check import of such products.

Taking note of the government’s response over various issues concerning GM food crops, the committee on agriculture – which submitted its report to Lok Sabha speaker on March 15 – pointed out that “there is no check on GM processed food and other items coming from outside the country or being produced here” in India.