India implements GM labeling law.



As of January 2013, India has implemented a new GM labeling law. The new law is based on Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, issued notification G.S.R. 427 (E) which amended the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, in June 2012.

The rule specifies that every package containing food that is genetically engineered shall at the top of its packaging label contain the label GM and is mainly directed at imported food products.

However, to date the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued no labeling requirements for foods derived from products of biotechnology in India, which has confused consumer awareness groups and industry leaders as the new labeling law does not specify how the labeling needs to be enforced.

The government modified the packaged commodities rule in January 2013 to factor in threshold weight limits for certain products such as biscuits, soap, tea and coffee sachets. Companies have been restricted from selling 19 products at non-standard weights.

India is the latest country to label GM products in a global effort to mandate genetic labeling.


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